I saw this today on a blog I
stalk read regularly- Love, Fun and Football. If you've never been introduced to Erin, you must pop over to say hello to her- shes seriously a gem (even if our teams are football rivals!). It couldn't be more fitting that today Erin posted about kindness, because in the past 24 hours you all have been so incredibly kind to me. I dont know if she intended her wave to spread, but Im passing it on tonight.
Yesterday, as you may be aware, someone let loose with a vial rant in the form of a comment aimed at my sweet baby boy. Now normally I'm pretty laid back, but this hit me hard on many levels. I crafted my response- which to my surprise only contained one four letter word! But even before I could hit publish the comments started pouring in, and they didn't stop all day. Many of you were angry, outraged and disgusted along with me and you shared your sweet words of encouragement through facebook, email, twitter and comments. Some of you, like Rebecca, made me literally laugh out loud and nearly pee my pants. All of you told me that this person was obviously not right, and lifted my spirits when they were down. It was truly one of the greatest acts of kindness I've ever personally received.
Bloggers are special people. We let people into our life and we go into peoples lives and we form bonds with people who in "real" life we may never get the chance to meet. However I know that every day I stop in to check to see how someones baby is doing, what another sweet lovely made for dinner the night before, or what other Mommas wanted to pull their hair out because of something the toddlers did or said (or more likely WOULDN'T do). Now I know my neighbors in real life, but not on the level that I know some bloggy friends and I'm totally okay with that. In truth I wish we could all live next to each other (can you imagine the laughs/crafting/cooking that would be happening on that block?!) but even though we cant, I'm so very glad that we're all neighbors on our little slices of the Internet.
You all are some of the kindest, bravest, sweetest women I've ever had the chance to meet, and I cant thank each of you enough for the kindness you've shown me. I can only hope that someday I can return the favor. Until then, spread your own kindness wave and know how much you are all appreciated and loved here in my crazy life.