Ever since I can remember my mom would request “three well behaved children” for her birthday (or any holiday). Of course my brothers and I thought it would be much simpler to purchase a store bought gift instead of getting along with each other for an entire day. Like most mothers she received many interesting gifts from us along with our handmade cards. The cards were kept, but the gifts are mostly gone now. Among the gifts she saved are a (leaky) vase I made in art class and a framed photo of her three little angels.
Mom spent her 60th birthday in the hospital and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer that day. More than ever she became less concerned with material possessions and focused on family, nature, positivity, and kindness. On her 61st birthday she was in remission and I wanted to do something extra special for her. I searched Pinterest for gift ideas, but nothing I could purchase seemed good enough for her after the year she had experienced. Finally I stumbled across a pin to this blog post and knew my mom would love the idea! Kimbo did 30 random acts of kindness for her 30th birthday. She had many great ideas that I used as the starting point for my own list. 61 random acts of kindness would take more time (and money) than I had, so I improvised and did six plus one
1. Left dollars in the toy section at the dollar store
2. Helped a turtle cross the road safely
3. Paid for the order behind me in the fast food lane
4. Left inspiring notes on the mirrors in the ladies room at Kohl’s (our favorite place to shop together)
5. Said “yes, I would like to donate” at the checkout
6. Let another car go ahead of us in traffic
+1 I gave my mom a few dollars to do a good deed, because it truly does feel good and I wanted her to experience it as well
My mother lost her battle with cancer in April this year. Although we cannot celebrate this birthday with her, we can still celebrate her life. I am continuing the tradition with six plus two random acts of kindness this year.
1. Sent my dad a photo of my mom and him together
2. Donated mom’s wigs and hats to Wigs of Love, an organization that provides wigs to women experiencing medical hair loss
3. Left inspiring notes in the dressing room at Kohl’s
4. Dropped off dog treats for my mom’s dog and his new doggie sister
5. Along with the dog treats, I left a Starbucks gift card for our dog’s new mommies
6. Cleaned the condiment and beverage station at Chipotle during lunch. It’s funny how when you’re focused on doing good deeds opportunities appear.
+2 Sent cards and family photos to both of my brothers
Happy birthday mom! I love you to the moon and stars!!