The kindness of strangers

I have learnt a lot since having children, especially since life got extra crazy after our twins were born. One thing that I now truly understand is how kind people can be. There are so many times strangers have thrown me a lifeline on a difficult day or in a stressful moment.

Today I’m sending a virtual hug to the strangers that have helped me through the tricky times. A lot of them are people I’ve never seen before and probably won’t see again. I hoped I said thank you at the time, but you may not have known what a lasting impression that you made on me.

Kindness

Here is a selection………….

The guy who found me sat on the pavement having a dizzy spell as I tried to walk the final part of my journey to work. It was a hot day and I was very pregnant with Sofia. You walked with me up the hill that leads to my office to make sure I was alright.

The assistant in Cambridge Central Library who stepped in with a picture book to distract my daughter out of an epic tantrum when she was a toddler.

The man who helped me when the train doors jammed and I couldn’t get my pushchair off the train. I was starting to panic and about to miss my stop. You got someone on the platform to alert the driver and carried my pushchair complete with toddler along the length of the carriage over the chairs (because it wouldn’t fit between them) to the next set of doors.

The woman who pressed a £10 note into my hand one day when I was pregnant and getting onto a bus – I was so taken a back, I had hardly got a chance to thank you as you walked away so quickly.

The woman who gave me a lift back to my house from the centre of my village when you spotted I was struggling to walk when I was very pregnant with the twins.

The elderly couple who rescued me when I tried to take a walk outside of the maternity ward on my own a couple of days after my c-section. I probably should have been in bed but was going stir crazy. I came over all shaky and thought I was going to faint. You sat me down, fed me cake and told me all about your grandchildren and a holiday you had taken to the US.

The person who left a cake on my doorstep when I’d just come home from the hospital with my newborn twins. Whoever you are this was exactly what I needed!

The lady who spotted my panicked look when I was out with my three children on my own and needed to deal with a big nappy explosion. She watched Sofia and Sam while I headed to the toilet and attempted to clean up Leo.

The woman who helped me when the front wheel broke on my double pushchair. You phoned your husband who rushed over with a spare pram so I could get my two boys home.

The lovely ladies in my local garden centre cafe who always carry my tray to my table for me when I’m struggling to juggle a double pushchair, lunch and coffee.

All of the many people who have told me my twins are precious and beautiful and told me I am doing a great job – your kind words can be like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day.

The lady who came up to me recently in a cafe and told me that my children were a credit to me. You made my day!

The many people on the Cambridge Twins, Triplets and More Facebook page (some I know in real life and some I don’t) who have given me priceless words of advice and reassurance especially in the early days when I was overwhelmed and stressed. Thank you to all of the people who have shared their positive and negative experiences your stories have entertained and inspired me.

The Australian guy in the park with his kids who gave me tissues when I was sat in the sandpit crying. I was having a really bad day – Sam had fallen off the slide, hit his face and had a massive nosebleed. You looked a bit freaked out at this slightly crazed woman with three small children (one rather blood stained) but you persevered talking me back to calm.

Next time you see someone who could do with a hand remember that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted!

Thank you x

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32 thoughts on “The kindness of strangers

  1. It’s amazing the difference small acts of kindness can make, isn’t it? And it’s often the really insignificant things that have such a big impact, like holding a door open when you have a buggy with you.

    Just today, a lady could see I was struggling to work out how to get my son back in my car because the cars next to me in the car park were so close I couldn’t open the door enough to get him in. She stood near my son in his buggy, stopped all the other traffic, and waited while I reversed the car so I could get him in. I was so grateful to her. #brilliantblogposts
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    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. It’s easy to get hung up on little grumbles of life but there is so much kindness around. I’m blown away how amazing people can be pretty much on a daily basis.

  2. Love this post! It made me realise how many people have done little things for me in the past that make a huge difference, and although I said thank you at the time, I haven’t really stopped to appreciate just how important it is that we all help each other out.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I’m going to check out your social media post, I do Facebook and Twitter but haven’t ventured into Pinterest or Instagram.

  3. This is such a lovely post. I wrote the other day about how strangers should keep their comments to themselves in response to the numerous rude encounters I and people I know have had with strangers, but your post has reminded me that people often display wonderful acts of kindness too, so thank you xx #Binkylinky
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    1. Thank you! I’ve had so many annoying and rude comments too (I want to punch people who tell me they would hate to have twins) but there is so much good out there as well.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I think we are hard wired to focus on the bad things but there is so much good around too, maybe we just have to look for it a little bit.

    1. Thank you, I’m trying to pay it forward and lending a hand when I can, especially to people with babies and toddlers.

  4. That’s a lovely, thought-provoking post. The random £10 note incident reminded me that older men and women sometimes gave my wife a £1 coin when she walked by them with our first child in a buggy when we lived in London. A really enjoyable read.
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    1. Thank you! I’m not sure if giving money to pregnant women or those with small children might be a cultural thing. I was literally speechless and it happened so quickly because I was stepping onto a bus I only got to say a really brief thank you.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I have something in mind to link up next week (if I’m organised enough).

  5. The best post I’ve read in ages, for two reasons. 1. So nice to read something so positive, you really have encountered a lot of wonderful people and it’s beautiful that you’ve tucked them all away in your memory with gratitude. 2. It reminds me that I should go out on a limb from time to time to see if I could make a difference in a stranger’s day. Thanks!
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  6. Ah I got a bit teary reading this to be honest. It’s reminded me of all the strangers that have ever helped me in some way. I’ve helped a few strangers myself without thinking about it but reading this post, remembering all the help I have had and how grateful I am for it makes me realise just what an impact we can have on other people’s live’s by simply offering a kind word, support, a tissue, anything at all. Beautiful post, so lovely to read something so positive x

    1. Thank you for such for your lovely comment! You never know when something little can make someone’s day. It makes me look for ways to pay it forward. X

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