This post is my response to Challenge 4 from Blog This. The Blog This girls ask : If you could name one small gesture someone else has made that had a big impact on your life, what would it be? If you have a blog and want to get involved, head on over and join in the fun!
On Saturday morning I was thinking that I'd have to give this challenge a miss, as I was really struggling to think of a random act of kindness that had touched my life. Then, a little before 5pm, the doorbell rang. There, at the door, was our neighbour bearing a freshly baked Pumpkin and Feta Tart, and a dessert tasting plate of mixed sweet treats.
I'd spoken to him earlier in the day and told him we'd had yet another rough night with Sophia and her dodgy lungs - this time a croup attack and hours of crying - and the bags under my eyes told him how exhausted I was after weeks of dealing with illness.
So he and his gorgeous wife (who, themselves have been struggling with six months of new-baby sleep deprivation) decided to save us the trouble of cooking, and delivered a ready-made dinner to our door. The thoughtfulness of that gesture touched me deeply and reminded me how lucky we are to have them as friends.
Canberra is a city where many people of my age don't have an extended family nearby...so our friends become our support network. We take it in turns of minding each other's kids when we need a break, we look after each other when we need a shoulder to cry on, we act as stand-in sisters and brothers when the real siblings aren't around.
It warms my heart to think that, even though my real family can't be around every day, my girls will grow up in a different kind of extended family environment...with familiar, loving faces and embraces; friends that are like cousins; and big, big hearts.
Gordon and Kersten, this post is for you. xox