The MISS Foundation's Dr. Cacciatore started the Kindness Project in 1996 as a way for families to cope with the tragedy of a child's death. Since then, more than 1,000,000 kindnesses have been committed around the globe in memory of children, gone too soon.
Tomorrow I am going to do something. On the website they have a pile of really good ideas from buying the person in line behind you a coffee, dropping off balloons for a random child at the hospital, mowing a neighbors lawn, donating money or clothes, etc. To see more ideas, look HERE.
I am having a bit of a sad day. I have a few Tripp things on my mind. I think because of this I can't seem to decide what I want to do tomorrow. Ideally, I would like to do something that donates my time, like weeding someone's flower beds, but since I am a bit down I am leaning more toward buying someone flowers and leaving them at a random house. It seems easier to just buy something, so that is probably the route I will go.
The website suggests that you can leave a card with your gesture that says, "This random act of kindness was done in memory of __________". I am on the fence whether or not I will leave a card with this on it, but I think ultimately I will. I might also leave the Kindness Project website so that the recipient will have the background. I suppose it doesn't matter if they know why the act was done, but I will probably leave it in memory of Tripp anyway. If I buy someone a coffee on the other hand, I probably won't mention it. Its harder to say outloud.
I would love for you to do a random act of kindness in Tripp's name tomorrow. If you do a random act and feel comfortable, could you let me know what it is by posting it as a comment on my blog (feel free to leave it anonymous if you like)? It will brighten my day to read the happiness that Tripp is bringing to our world.
Maybe I will just cut some of the lilies in my backyard to give to someone. They are stunning right now.
UPDATE: I hit the dollar store and my garden and for less than $10 and a little bit of love and elbow grease, voila! These will be delivered to three random doors tomorrow.
Today, I am feeling glum. It started yesterday and led me to spending the better part of the afternoon in my room thinking, reading, and crying.
Not sure how I am getting out of this one. I feel like shopping. Clothes don't totally fill the void, but it is strange how spending money and having new things do actually give you a (false) sense of happiness.
Yesterday was the anniversary of Tripp getting his wings. I woke up like it was a regular day. I truly believe one day doesn't need to be any more sad than any other day, but somewhere my subconscious had other plans. It started when I saw flowers at the grocery store after lunch. It made me think about how before Tripp died I thought giving flowers to family after someone dies was a waste of money. I felt like it would be better spent making a donation to a charity or something, but when Tripp died we got quite a few flowers. They filled our living room. They were so pretty and they smelled so beautiful. And just like a new o…
This summer I blogged about the Clear Flow Garden Hose from Home Hardware. If you forgot, I basically told you how great it was - super light and durable. I am too lazy for look for the old post. We bought two hoses. One for the front of the house and one for the back. Unfortunately, after only a couple of weeks, the one in the back cracked open. We couldn't find the receipt (which wasn't surprising since Hugh bought it :-), but figured we would give returning it a shot. The staff at Home Hardware in Sutherland were awesome. Hugh took it in and they immediately got him another one. Since Home Hardware is the only place that sells them, they didn't even question and made it an easy exchange for us. Home Hardware simply took the replacement out of the package and handed it over.
When Hugh got home with the hose there was a little problem. He had told the staff at Home Hardware our hose was the 25 foot and not the 50 foot. The 25 foot didn't even reach 2/3's of the wa…
At the beginning of June, with the help of a committee I'm on, I organized a street hockey tournament. It was a really great day (I'm obviously biased). There were so many kids and families involved. Other than wishing for a little less wind, I could call the day a complete success. Calder invited a few of his Huskie Prospect teammates to play. It was a fabulous time! After the event, we headed over to some friends for a bbq. A few of the kids ended up eating their suppers on the trampoline. Lawson kept standing up, so Hugh headed over to lay down the law. Just as he finished saying "You'll get a timeout if you do that again", Lawson held one finger up and said, "one". She then lifted her next two fingers and finished "two, three." Hugh could barely contain himself. Between her sassy attitude and the fact that we had no idea she could even count, let along represent those numbers, Hugh just zipped his lips and chose to walk away before he bur…