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Some of you might remember this story I first shared near Christmas. I'm revisiting it now with an illustration from @mylittlebelleville. It's still so meaningful. 🚜💛 “We pay a Mexican immigrant to take care of our yard. When a new neighbor moved in across the street, we recommended our friend, and for the last two years he has come every Friday, first mowing our lawn and then mowing our neighbor's lawn. Last summer was a sad time because his wife and baby were deported, but he still came, every week. Three weeks ago, our neighbor had a heart attack. When he was home from the hospital he heard the sound of a lawnmower at our house and called us immediately. 'Tell A. not to come over, I'm off work for 8 weeks and can't afford to pay him.' So, we told A. the situation, and he said 'Well, if he is sick, it's even more important for him to have a nice yard. It's one less thing for him to worry about.' And he has done that yard now for three weeks, without pay. This man is functionally illiterate and his English is almost incomprehensible. He makes his living doing yard work, and he has been treated terribly by our government. And yet he has this core of goodness and goodwill. I hold him in very high esteem, beyond most other people I know. It makes me happy, just to see him drive up in his old truck.” –Mark B., Fort Smith, AR 💛

Some of you might remember this story I first shared near Christmas. I'm revisiting it now with an illustration from @mylittlebelleville. It's still so meaningful. 🚜💛 “We pay a Mexican immigrant to take care of our yard. When a new neighbor moved in across the street, we recommended our friend, and for the last two years he has come every Friday, first mowing our lawn and then mowing our neighbor's lawn. Last summer was a sad time because his wife and baby were deported, but he still came, every week. Three weeks ago, our neighbor had a heart attack. When he was home from the hospital he heard the sound of a lawnmower at our house and called us immediately. 'Tell A. not to come over, I'm off work for 8 weeks and can't afford to pay him.' So, we told A. the situation, and he said 'Well, if he is sick, it's even more important for him to have a nice yard. It's one less thing for him to worry about.' And he has done that yard now for three weeks, without pay. This man is functionally illiterate and his English is almost incomprehensible. He makes his living doing yard work, and he has been treated terribly by our government. And yet he has this core of goodness and goodwill. I hold him in very high esteem, beyond most other people I know. It makes me happy, just to see him drive up in his old truck.” –Mark B., Fort Smith, AR 💛

This one is So pure. (Swipe to see the little parade.) 💛 "My girls and I went on a morning walk. All three of us loaded up our strollers, theirs with dollies, mine with a newborn. We began our stroller parade and my 3 year old started waving to every passing car. Just about every single driver waved back, and most of them slowed down, rolled down their window to yell—hello, or cheered for my girls as they drove by. My older daughter had just learned how to signal truck drivers to honk their horn. Each time a truck pulled their horn for her she squealed and just about died of laughter causing the truck drivers to crack up as they drove past. At the end of the walk, my 5 year old looked at me and said: ‘I feel so good’." –Jilian H., Houston, TX 💛

This one is So pure. (Swipe to see the little parade.) 💛 "My girls and I went on a morning walk. All three of us loaded up our strollers, theirs with dollies, mine with a newborn. We began our stroller parade and my 3 year old started waving to every passing car. Just about every single driver waved back, and most of them slowed down, rolled down their window to yell—hello, or cheered for my girls as they drove by. My older daughter had just learned how to signal truck drivers to honk their horn. Each time a truck pulled their horn for her she squealed and just about died of laughter causing the truck drivers to crack up as they drove past. At the end of the walk, my 5 year old looked at me and said: ‘I feel so good’." –Jilian H., Houston, TX 💛

Really sweet. 🛒💛 "I was at the grocery store looking for something very specific. An older gentleman saw me pacing up and down the aisle searching. As I approached him he asked what I was looking for. He then proceeded to find an employee and ask them where that item could be found, and upon returning he helped me look for the item. It was a small but kind gesture, and something I most certainly could have (but wouldn’t have) done on my own." –Sierra H., Logan, UT 💛

Really sweet. 🛒💛 "I was at the grocery store looking for something very specific. An older gentleman saw me pacing up and down the aisle searching. As I approached him he asked what I was looking for. He then proceeded to find an employee and ask them where that item could be found, and upon returning he helped me look for the item. It was a small but kind gesture, and something I most certainly could have (but wouldn’t have) done on my own." –Sierra H., Logan, UT 💛

Beautiful. Both the initial kindness and how long the recipient has remembered. 😭💛 "I am hearing impaired, with my left ear being much more functional. One of my friends growing up would always make sure to sit or walk on my left side so that I could hear him. Either he was extremely considerate, or wanted to preempt my requests for him to repeat himself. His kindness has stuck with me for nearly 20 years." –Steve C., South Jordan, UT

Beautiful. Both the initial kindness and how long the recipient has remembered. 😭💛 "I am hearing impaired, with my left ear being much more functional. One of my friends growing up would always make sure to sit or walk on my left side so that I could hear him. Either he was extremely considerate, or wanted to preempt my requests for him to repeat himself. His kindness has stuck with me for nearly 20 years." –Steve C., South Jordan, UT

Another moving story from the before time. 💛 "I was at Costco and the line was 10+ people long. I stood there and waited with a fussy 1 year old and an angry 4 year old, while trying not to faint because I was also several months pregnant and standing was making me dizzy. when we were getting close to the front of the line my 4 year old started whining that she needs to go to bathroom and by her body language it was obvious that she couldn’t wait. So I got out of line and parked the cart and took her to the bathroom. When we got back I started heading to the end of the line again. A women who had seen the whole thing waved me down and insisted I take her spot at the front of the line and she went to the back and started waiting at the end again so I could have her spot." –Calinai B., Concord, CA 💛

Another moving story from the before time. 💛 "I was at Costco and the line was 10+ people long. I stood there and waited with a fussy 1 year old and an angry 4 year old, while trying not to faint because I was also several months pregnant and standing was making me dizzy. when we were getting close to the front of the line my 4 year old started whining that she needs to go to bathroom and by her body language it was obvious that she couldn’t wait. So I got out of line and parked the cart and took her to the bathroom. When we got back I started heading to the end of the line again. A women who had seen the whole thing waved me down and insisted I take her spot at the front of the line and she went to the back and started waiting at the end again so I could have her spot." –Calinai B., Concord, CA 💛

I hate how hard they had to fight, but so grateful for everyone who stepped up to help. I also find myself honored all of the time, that I'm trusted with these stories. Thank you. 😭💛 "Our daughter has Spinabifida and navigating medical equipment with the Coronavirus has been extra difficult. We have been going through the process of ordering a wheelchair and have been rejected twice by insurance because we are asking for one built specifically for our daughter. Each submission and rejection takes 3 months so we have been waiting for 6 months to get this wheelchair. The company we have been ordering through has even told us that this kind of rejection is not normal. Our next steps were to either submit another repeal or pay the remaining thousand dollars out of pocket. My wife decided to try a GoFundMe to help cover the remaining amount we would have to pay if we decided just to move forward with out Insurance and in 3 hours we already have received more than $1,000 and kind messages from so many friends. Some of which we haven't seen in years. we are very humbled and grateful." —Spencer O., Nashville, TN 💛 #CoronaKindness

I hate how hard they had to fight, but so grateful for everyone who stepped up to help. I also find myself honored all of the time, that I'm trusted with these stories. Thank you. 😭💛 "Our daughter has Spinabifida and navigating medical equipment with the Coronavirus has been extra difficult. We have been going through the process of ordering a wheelchair and have been rejected twice by insurance because we are asking for one built specifically for our daughter. Each submission and rejection takes 3 months so we have been waiting for 6 months to get this wheelchair. The company we have been ordering through has even told us that this kind of rejection is not normal. Our next steps were to either submit another repeal or pay the remaining thousand dollars out of pocket. My wife decided to try a GoFundMe to help cover the remaining amount we would have to pay if we decided just to move forward with out Insurance and in 3 hours we already have received more than $1,000 and kind messages from so many friends. Some of which we haven't seen in years. we are very humbled and grateful." —Spencer O., Nashville, TN 💛 #CoronaKindness

A beautiful, heartbreaking story from the before time. 💛 "My ten year old daughter walks herself to her after school music lesson. I have the slot right before her for mine. One week when she arrived I was surprised her 12 year old sister was with her. We left her to her lesson and as we walked home my older daughter said, “go easy on her today mom, okay?” But wouldn’t say why. Later found out that at school my youngest had been dealing with ridicule and social manipulation from another girl, and that day had been particularly bad. She arrived home in tears, and since I was at my music lesson, my older daughter was the one to hug her, dry her tears, and then not let her walk to piano alone. Also, by the time she arrived back from her lesson, her sister had taken care of a couple of chores for her, just to take the edge off of her day. Kindness to her sister, and a kindness to me as a mom to take over when I couldn’t be the hero.” –April D., Alberta Canada 💛

A beautiful, heartbreaking story from the before time. 💛 "My ten year old daughter walks herself to her after school music lesson. I have the slot right before her for mine. One week when she arrived I was surprised her 12 year old sister was with her. We left her to her lesson and as we walked home my older daughter said, “go easy on her today mom, okay?” But wouldn’t say why. Later found out that at school my youngest had been dealing with ridicule and social manipulation from another girl, and that day had been particularly bad. She arrived home in tears, and since I was at my music lesson, my older daughter was the one to hug her, dry her tears, and then not let her walk to piano alone. Also, by the time she arrived back from her lesson, her sister had taken care of a couple of chores for her, just to take the edge off of her day. Kindness to her sister, and a kindness to me as a mom to take over when I couldn’t be the hero.” –April D., Alberta Canada 💛

Really beautiful. 💛 "I went with my wife and 14 month-old daughter to an Ash Wednesday service at a local Episcopal church (it was our first time there). The service was fairly empty (maybe two dozen people) and our daughter was quite talkative throughout, and roamed up and down the aisles a bit. After the service concluded, several people came up to us and thanked us for coming and specifically for bringing our daughter. They commented on how wonderful it was to hear her, some even saying it was the sound of angels. It was very reassuring and comforting to be talked to like that and for our daughter to be explicitly welcomed." –Conor H., Iowa City, IA 💛

Really beautiful. 💛 "I went with my wife and 14 month-old daughter to an Ash Wednesday service at a local Episcopal church (it was our first time there). The service was fairly empty (maybe two dozen people) and our daughter was quite talkative throughout, and roamed up and down the aisles a bit. After the service concluded, several people came up to us and thanked us for coming and specifically for bringing our daughter. They commented on how wonderful it was to hear her, some even saying it was the sound of angels. It was very reassuring and comforting to be talked to like that and for our daughter to be explicitly welcomed." –Conor H., Iowa City, IA 💛

"How much gestures like this mean." 💌💛 At the end of my first semester as a new professor, two of my students gave me 'thank you' cards. I didn't expect it at all, but it meant a lot. Students probably don't know how much kind gestures like this mean to their teachers. Especially their new, inexperienced ones.” –Michael W., Provo, UT 💛

"How much gestures like this mean." 💌💛 At the end of my first semester as a new professor, two of my students gave me 'thank you' cards. I didn't expect it at all, but it meant a lot. Students probably don't know how much kind gestures like this mean to their teachers. Especially their new, inexperienced ones.” –Michael W., Provo, UT 💛

Really beautiful kindnesses. 💛 "As a disabled young lady living with my elderly widowed mother, I find myself being overlooked often. But I have a sweet neighbor who comes over and has the gentle soul not just to help me with so many things, he genuinely sits beside my bed when I’m in pain and sorrows with me. He will cry with me or put his hand on my head and say he’s angry how much I have to suffer and tell others what I have to go through because docs don’t support as they should." –Sarita V., South Jordan, UT 💛

Really beautiful kindnesses. 💛 "As a disabled young lady living with my elderly widowed mother, I find myself being overlooked often. But I have a sweet neighbor who comes over and has the gentle soul not just to help me with so many things, he genuinely sits beside my bed when I’m in pain and sorrows with me. He will cry with me or put his hand on my head and say he’s angry how much I have to suffer and tell others what I have to go through because docs don’t support as they should." –Sarita V., South Jordan, UT 💛

A thoughtful gesture. 💛 "My wife and I were having the members of my grad school cohort over for a party a couple of months ago. I was talking about what people could bring with my cohort and one of them joked about bringing a keg and people were kinda awkward about it, but it wasn't a big deal. Later that evening the classmate who'd made the joke texted me to apologize, saying he didn't want to offend or make light of my religious position to not drink. I was moved by the gesture and thoughtfulness, even though I was not in the least bit bothered by the original joke.” –Conor H., Iowa City, IA 💛

A thoughtful gesture. 💛 "My wife and I were having the members of my grad school cohort over for a party a couple of months ago. I was talking about what people could bring with my cohort and one of them joked about bringing a keg and people were kinda awkward about it, but it wasn't a big deal. Later that evening the classmate who'd made the joke texted me to apologize, saying he didn't want to offend or make light of my religious position to not drink. I was moved by the gesture and thoughtfulness, even though I was not in the least bit bothered by the original joke.” –Conor H., Iowa City, IA 💛

This would be so hard. 🚘💛 "In an effort to give my two year old a change of scenery today I took her with me to ride along in the car while I hit the drive thru pharmacy. As we were turning on a protected green a car sped out of nowhere and hit the back of our car, before backing up and quickly speeding away. Thankfully the damage was minimal and they just missed where she was sitting. I was a mess though and pulled over to call 911 and cry. About fifteen minutes after the accident I heard a soft tap on my window and a sweet couple who had witnessed the accident were there. They assured me I had done everything right and stayed with me until I was calm enough to finish recounting the accident to 911. There is so much good in the world still and I witnessed it today." –Rachel S., Provo, UT 💛 #CoronaKindness

This would be so hard. 🚘💛 "In an effort to give my two year old a change of scenery today I took her with me to ride along in the car while I hit the drive thru pharmacy. As we were turning on a protected green a car sped out of nowhere and hit the back of our car, before backing up and quickly speeding away. Thankfully the damage was minimal and they just missed where she was sitting. I was a mess though and pulled over to call 911 and cry. About fifteen minutes after the accident I heard a soft tap on my window and a sweet couple who had witnessed the accident were there. They assured me I had done everything right and stayed with me until I was calm enough to finish recounting the accident to 911. There is so much good in the world still and I witnessed it today." –Rachel S., Provo, UT 💛 #CoronaKindness

So sweet. 🛒💛 "Last week my trip to the grocery store was awful (so many stressed people made for difficult interactions), so when I had to go this week I was dreading it. I was searching for something when another shopper came up looking for the same thing—it clearly wasn’t there and I was worried she was going to have something to say about it. To my surprise, she said “I think we can use something else instead. Let’s be social distancing shopping buddies and look for it together, I need a friend today!” Tears filled my eyes as I trailed 6 feet behind her and kept up with her fun, lighthearted conversation. She had no idea how much I needed a friend today, too." –Madison F., Chandler, AZ 💛 #CoronaKindness

So sweet. 🛒💛 "Last week my trip to the grocery store was awful (so many stressed people made for difficult interactions), so when I had to go this week I was dreading it. I was searching for something when another shopper came up looking for the same thing—it clearly wasn’t there and I was worried she was going to have something to say about it. To my surprise, she said “I think we can use something else instead. Let’s be social distancing shopping buddies and look for it together, I need a friend today!” Tears filled my eyes as I trailed 6 feet behind her and kept up with her fun, lighthearted conversation. She had no idea how much I needed a friend today, too." –Madison F., Chandler, AZ 💛 #CoronaKindness

Oh, wow. 💔❤️ 💛 "I recently learned I had suffered a miscarriage amidst the devastating COVID-19 tragedy the world is also facing. I had previously been in contact with a childcare provider to be added to a waitlist and sent her a note to let her know we would no longer need childcare. Her wonderfully kind response came only hours later when she offered to drop by anything we needed—groceries, tea, a heating pad—and made sure I knew that I was not alone. That kindness was a bright spot in a dark day and I am still holding on to it." –Lauren, Dallas, TX 💛 #CoronaKindness

Oh, wow. 💔❤️ 💛 "I recently learned I had suffered a miscarriage amidst the devastating COVID-19 tragedy the world is also facing. I had previously been in contact with a childcare provider to be added to a waitlist and sent her a note to let her know we would no longer need childcare. Her wonderfully kind response came only hours later when she offered to drop by anything we needed—groceries, tea, a heating pad—and made sure I knew that I was not alone. That kindness was a bright spot in a dark day and I am still holding on to it." –Lauren, Dallas, TX 💛 #CoronaKindness

Really lovely. 💛 "With the pandemic and shortage of many items, I’ve been struggling to find alcohol wipes. I’m Type 1 Diabetic and use them during site changes. I was in Walmart today and the shelf was empty. A friend had told me some pharmacies were holding them behind the counter so those who need them for medical reasons can get them. I asked if they perhaps had them in the back. The gentleman went to check and came back a few moments later asking why they were needed. When I explained he handed me a big handful of the stock they use for immunizations at the pharmacy and refused to let me pay!" –Jeanne R., Spanish Fork, UT 💛 #CoronaKindness

Really lovely. 💛 "With the pandemic and shortage of many items, I’ve been struggling to find alcohol wipes. I’m Type 1 Diabetic and use them during site changes. I was in Walmart today and the shelf was empty. A friend had told me some pharmacies were holding them behind the counter so those who need them for medical reasons can get them. I asked if they perhaps had them in the back. The gentleman went to check and came back a few moments later asking why they were needed. When I explained he handed me a big handful of the stock they use for immunizations at the pharmacy and refused to let me pay!" –Jeanne R., Spanish Fork, UT 💛 #CoronaKindness

👶🛍️💛 "We just had our first child and with COVID-19 we have been advised to not have any visitors. This is includes people like her grandparents, aunts and uncles because we are not quarantined with them. My wonderful in-laws still drove an hour to drop groceries off for us even though they couldn’t meet their granddaughter. A not so tiny kindness." –Jessica P., Seattle, WA 💛 #CoronaKindness

👶🛍️💛 "We just had our first child and with COVID-19 we have been advised to not have any visitors. This is includes people like her grandparents, aunts and uncles because we are not quarantined with them. My wonderful in-laws still drove an hour to drop groceries off for us even though they couldn’t meet their granddaughter. A not so tiny kindness." –Jessica P., Seattle, WA 💛 #CoronaKindness

Really thoughtful! 🎾💛 "We have been spending a lot of time playing outside during this quarantine.  Our neighbor noticed that our kids have been playing tennis on our driveway without a net, so one day he left a little portable tennis net set on our porch. He keeps the net on hand for when his grandkids are in town visiting. We have been using it non stop! It's been a fun way to burn off energy and so thoughtful of him to bring it over!" –Mary C., Ellicott City, MD 🎉

Really thoughtful! 🎾💛 "We have been spending a lot of time playing outside during this quarantine.  Our neighbor noticed that our kids have been playing tennis on our driveway without a net, so one day he left a little portable tennis net set on our porch. He keeps the net on hand for when his grandkids are in town visiting. We have been using it non stop! It's been a fun way to burn off energy and so thoughtful of him to bring it over!" –Mary C., Ellicott City, MD 🎉

😭😭💛 "My parents recently divorced and my dad is having a really hard time now (emotionally, mentally, financially). Today, my dad called me from the store and asked me if I needed anything (I literally go out every 2 weeks to the grocery store due to Covid19). Here is my dad, who is financially struggling to take care of himself, asking me if I needed anything for myself or my family." –Angelina F., New Jersey 💛 #CoronaKindness

😭😭💛 "My parents recently divorced and my dad is having a really hard time now (emotionally, mentally, financially). Today, my dad called me from the store and asked me if I needed anything (I literally go out every 2 weeks to the grocery store due to Covid19). Here is my dad, who is financially struggling to take care of himself, asking me if I needed anything for myself or my family." –Angelina F., New Jersey 💛 #CoronaKindness