A few months ago, I received a call from a mother of a young carer. The young carer is 9 years old and the primary carer for his mother who has MS*. Due to the degenerative condition of his mother, his caring role is steadily increasing. He helps with the housework, assists her to communicate, full personal care (showering) and transferring her in and out of her wheelchair.
Money can be pretty tight for this family so when the young carer told his Mum that he wasn't happy at his school, she knew that her options were limited due to financial restraints. A friend spoke highly of the local private secondary school. Whilst this would be her dream option and on her "wish list", the Mum thought that it was beyond her reach. Then, due to the goodness of strangers, so many random acts of kindnesses begun!
Her friend talked to the school and explained her friend's situation. The school - amazingly - offered to pay for his school fees right throughout high school! Not only that, her friend bought the young man his uniform for the next year. This random act of kindenesses just kept snowballing...a lady who worked in the office bought the young carer's school stationary for his first year and then the school offered the Mum a job in their school library. The school's extraordinary acts of kindess have given this young man a lift into his future and his mother an opportunity to feel like a valuable member of her community. From a carer's perspective, it also means that he will know that she is okay and that he isn't too far away if she needs him.
This story touched me so much that I had to share it with my friends at work and today with you. It also reminded me how important kindness is in our everyday lives - and how it can sometimes feel as though it's missing, with the hustle and bustle of "getting things done".
It doesn't take much to brighten someone's day. You could write a note to your Mum telling her how beautiful she is and leave it for her to find. You could make a batch of biscuits and share them around at school. Being kind doesn't take money, just thoughtfulness and sometimes the courage to step out of your comfort zone.
If you need some inspiration, or would like to know more about kindness, why not look at the Random Acts of Kindess website? http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas
We would LOVE to hear all about your random acts of kindness or a time when someone was kind to you, so please share them by emailing Jodie and Sam at [email protected]
Have a beautiful day!
* MS stands for Multiple Sclerosis