Sunday, April 7, 2013

Kindness can be everywhere

Yesterday, we went for a hike in the Sunol-Ohlone State Park, and it was lovely.  The day was overcast, but spring in the California coastal forests is green and vibrant. the hike wore me out, but Gavin and Colin seemed to be energized by it. Aiden, contrary to  everyone else, bounced between the two extremes, as five year olds are wont to do.

Towards the end of the walk, Gavin was running to trees and then back to us, but Aiden trudged along complaining that he was tired.  One of one of Gavin's return passes, panting and a little out of breath, he offered to give Aiden a piggy back ride.  Aiden climbed up, and they took off.  As they walked, for far longer than I would have expected Gav to be able to carry 50+ pounds, I saw Gavin getting more tired, but he didn't stop.  We walked until it was time to cross a cow catcher before Gavin put Aiden down.

It's easy for me to think that my children are unkind to each other, but at least once a day, I get caught off guard by some interesting kindness they show to each other.  Yesterday, it was Gavin packing Aiden, even though he was getting tired.  The day before, Aiden tore the last piece of salt and pepper calamari in half and gave the bigger piece to Gavin.  Another day, Gavin cuddled Aiden who was mad at me until he calmed down.

Kindness can fill our lives if we let it. We can perpetuate kindness, we can appreciate it, and choose to honor it rather dwelling on the wrongs done to us.

"The giving of love is an education in itself." -Eleanor Roosevelt


  1. Betty Angleton-HalseyApril 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    They sound like great kids. Thanks for the smile.

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed. Thanks for taking the time to comment.


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