In the classroom of the Little Fish (2 years old) of Colégio Oceanus, this year we live in an atmosphere of Kindness. Bearing in mind the idea that the first years of life are essential in the development of the personality and in the internalization of values, this year we started a project in which children are encouraged to be kind, friendly, generous, and are valued, praised for these attitudes.

We started with the story “Have you filled your bucket today?” and, after the construction of the anthem, Kindness became a natural thing, inherent in everyday life. In the room, there is a Kindness tree, whose branches are filled with a heart-shaped leaf for every act of kindness. We also have the buckets, which are filled up according to good attitudes. read more →

My daughter, Steph, died in November (26 years, sudden adult death) breaking all our hearts. Her devastated Grandma went to my daughter’s favourite bath product shop to buy (to put in her coffin) a gift for Steph’s upcoming birthday. She explained this to the girl who served her. This lovely young lady then spent a lot of time helping her put some items together and wrapped them all beautifully. When they took them to the till this lovely young woman asked if she could pay for them. Her sweet kindness and generous act of respect shone light into a very dark time. Bless her heart. There is such kindness out there.- Gill

On my way to work each day, I cross a park where there is a homeless man that has become a fixture of that spot. He is always there with his “I am a homeless Vet” sign. read more →

Last Wednesday on my way to work while it was 19° and icy out, I saw a person under a blanket in the bus shelter. From the position of their head and hands, I was scared they may be frozen to death (though he was wearing purple gloves but his hands were becoming frostbitten). read more →

I was 39 weeks pregnant and my daughter was stillborn. I was devastated and in shock having gone from eagerly anticipating the birth of my child to trying to cope with her death. read more →