Today I received a Starbucks gift card from our MOPS Exchange and decided to stop there on my way home. Starbucks is a very special treat these days and I couldn't wait to go, toddler and all. A woman there sparked a conversation with Thaleia asking if she was eating with mommy. Thaleia nodded and I mentioned that I would milk it for as long as she was willing to sit (I was already shocked she lasted more than 5 minutes). The woman laughed, told Thaleia she was doing a good job and proceeded to the counter to make her purchase. She then walked back and handed me this. She said she wouldn't have been able to go to Starbucks when she was a young mom, and wanted to give me a chance to enjoy it again. I almost cried. It may sound like an overreaction, but she had no idea the rough morning I had, fighting to get Thaleia ready, the blood-letting faceplant on the way to MOPS, or the horrific tantrum leaving Target. She just knew I was a mom. I suppose that was all she needed to know. I ran after her and gave her a hug. Sometimes, especially as parents, we get so lost in our own agendas we don't reach out to those around us, whether we know them or not. This made me want to try harder. After all, we are all momrades.
This Christmas season #chrisobrienlifehouse has had the privilege of working with local community groups with their Christmas appeal for families & individuals in need
Our CEO Eileen Hannagan & Prof Michael Boyer, Chief Clinical Officer, having fun handing over the holiday gifts our amazing staff have kindly donated for #theglebesociety Christmas appeal
Day 15 of #66daysofgratitude and #slowlivingwinter.
Grateful for kindness and friendliness of strangers today. Cut my finger on broken glass at the recycling centre and despite being smaller than a papercut, the cut bled eeeeverywhere - through tissues, plasters and dressings and dripping all over the place. The staff were so friendly, making me feel less ridiculous for bleeding so profusely from such a small cut, and chatting and keeping me company while we tried to get it to stop. Thank you recycling men!
Hey everyone, this is my new friend Mario, he is 90+. I was driving to the bank today and saw him trying to shovel his driveway, I stopped and got out and shovelled his driveway, porch and sidewalk. He was very grateful and tried to pay me $10 when I refused he said “what’s the matter with you?” in an Italian accent. Lol. I told him I would be back and I will, I encourage everybody to do the same, find somebody in your neighbourhood that needs help with snow removal, give them your number or even just go when it snows. It might be a lot of work for you but it’s even harder for a guy like Mario. #stopthedrop#hamilton#actofkindness#respectyourelders#shovel#snow#supermario