Michael and I were married for 41 beautiful, adventurous years. In that time we created a loving family and a foundation that I could not be more proud of. It all started in room 238 of a hospital in Miami. Michael was a pediatrician, I was a nurse, and we were both natural caregivers who would do anything for our patients. We fell in love with each other and our matching dedication to helping sick children. We soon married in 1975 and had two children. However, there were multiple complications during the pregnancies and it wasn’t going to be possible to create the large family we wanted naturally, so we adopted our third child, Darlene, in 1986. Darlene wasn’t just any child. She was a tiny, cute little baby who happened to have Down syndrome, a severe mental handicap, and we later learned was nonverbal and legally deaf. read more →
Last year in May of 2016, our friend and former classmate was brushing his teeth when he felt a lump on his neck. He was 11 at the time and just about to finish the 5th grade when he was diagnosed with Stage 1 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. We couldn’t believe that someone so young, active and healthy could have cancer. read more →
My sister-in-law used her miles to get me a hotel room the night before an early am flight. She arranged a shuttle service to pick me up and bring me home (an hour away from the airport). All of this to bring me to Hawaii to celebrate my brothers 70th birthday and meet my newborn great nephew. Talk about kindness! Knowing I am on restricted foods, she even asked for a shopping list. A hell of a two-week stay! Aloha. – Carol
Many years ago my car broke down after a very stressful day of substitute teaching and I was barely able to pull into the parking lot of a Mormon church. read more →
As a single mom, it was always difficult to provide the basics for my kids. We lived in a very small mountain community where everyone knew each other. read more →
So, I was in the $1 store buying some items to donate to the Puerto Rico relief drive that was accepting donations at the market I work at.
There was a dad and his daughter (she was maybe 5 or 6) in the long line to the checkout. I guess he was having his visitation time with her and they were talking about what they were going to do during the weekend. It started with grocery shopping and all the food she wanted, then the park and then it got silly. He said she had to wash ALL the dishes and cook ALL the food and she’s giggling and told him she’d make him cereal. He said she had to fold ALL the clothes. Even his underwear. She cracked up laughing and everyone in line was laughing too. read more →
I was on my way from rural SW France to London via Paris for a family catch up and had a suitcase full of clothes for the refugees in Calais which I was going to deliver in London (just to be transported back… I know, a long way round but it was the best we could do at the time). read more →
46.59… That’s what the lady behind me owed at the grocery store today.
She tried her card and it wouldn’t work. I could see her getting more upset as I bagged the groceries I had just bought for myself. She was starting to try and decide what she would have to put back. There’s no possible way I could watch her put back her bread or milk and walk out of that store. I had to pay for those groceries. read more →
I had just dropped one of my horses off at a yard about 2 hours north of me and was returning home towing an empty horse float. It was dark, after 11pm and whilst I was only about 5 minutes drive from my home, the road was windy and quiet.
Suddenly, I felt a massive ‘pull’ on the car and heard an unholy noise. It appeared the horse float brakes had locked and even if I disengaged the electric plug from the car, the wheels were still locked and wouldn’t turn. I was a member of a breakdown service and was just getting ready to call them because if I left the float there it would’ve been in a very dangerous position on the road, plus there was the chance it could be stolen.
I was just dialing the number when a car stopped and a guy in his 20s got out. He asked me what the problem was and having explained, crawled under the horse float and somehow managed to disengage the locked brakes so I could continue on my way. To say I was grateful was an understatement and having asked his name and where he lived so I could drop off a slab of beer as a thank you present, we both continued on our way.
The next day I drove to his address (with the beer) but the front gate was locked so I left it there. I hope he got the gift because he really did me a MASSIVE favour! Thanks matey, your act of kindness will never be forgotten! – Tracy
From the Author
– Jayneen Sanders
Book Title: You, Me and Empathy
Illustrator: Sofia Cardoso
For Ages: 3-9
Categories: empathy, compassion, kindness, anti-bullying, friendship
Related learning areas: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Review of book: Click here for a book reading and review
About the book
‘You, Me and Empathy’ uses verse, beautiful illustrations and a little person called Quinn to model the meaning of empathy. Throughout the story, Quinn shows an abundance of understanding, compassion and kindness towards others. Showing empathy towards others is a learned trait and one to nurture and cherish with the children in our care. read more →
My friend and I met for lunch one day when we both had a day off together. We were chatting with the waitress and as I looked off I saw an old man sitting alone. He looked worn out, tired and sad. The waitress informed me that he and his wife used to come for lunch weekly and that she had suddenly passed away. I asked her to ask him if he’d like to join my friend and I for lunch, he looked over at me and softly declined, and when his food arrived, he ate alone. So of course without hesitation, I told the server I wanted his check. When he was done he stopped by our table and said, “do I know you?” I said “no, I just wanted to pay it forward and I choose you. Maybe we’ll see you again.” – Robin
My grandmother was the most important person in my childhood and truly made me the person that I am today. We were extremely close and had a connection that was unlike any other. She became ill and in the end hospice came in to help her stay comfortable at home as she neared the end. We had several nurses assigned to care for her over several days who were all incredible. The care and respect they showed my Gram was more than I would have ever expected. They treated her like she was their family. read more →