In the mid 1950’s my mom, Betty left her family home in Saskatchewan and ventured east to Montreal to live with her grandma, work and experience life. I’m sure it was quite the contrast to her life and upbringing on the prairies of rural Saskatchewan.
She left several younger siblings back at home and one of them was her sister Irene. In her best attempt at spelling and printing, Irene wrote my mom a letter thanking her for a gift and a letter she had sent. How exciting it must have been for Irene to receive something in the mail all the way from Montreal! In this letter, she also asked my mom for a red sweater with buttons down the front for her next gift. As the story goes, my mom saved all her money she made from working to buy her mom and dad their first “refrigerator” which I’m sure was very exciting and incredibly appreciated.
My mom kept Irene’s letter all these years. For Irene’s birthday this past December, my mom sent her a special gift. There was a copy of Irene’s letter along with a beautiful red sweater with of course, buttons down the front. Mom told Irene she couldn’t remember if she ever did send her one!
There were lots of tears and memories from this gesture.
This story is such a reminder of kindness, love and all the goodness in life that makes us feel grateful and happy. Taking the time to bring joy to another person carries with it a ripple effect that inspires many others, ourselves included. I encourage each one of you to keep spreading the kindness and love to others however you can, wherever you are and be a part of making this world a better place.
Here’s to friends, family, awesome stories and goodness!