Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The kindness of strangers

2012 has been a doozy of a year for us healthwise, which is partly to blame for my absence from blogland of late. (I won’t mention the C word, but that is what we are dealing with at the moment).

So far we have been on the merry go round of doctors, hospitals, and specialists in both the big smoke and locally, and haven’t really had much of a predictable routine since before Christmas.

The kids though have been real troupers, and considering that they have been carted from pillar to post, and every week has meant some kind of doctor visit, they have taken it all in their stride. Sure there have been tears and tantrums (mostly from me) but we usually end up going to bed each night with a smile on our faces.

The thing that has really struck me though is how kind people are. I have been on my own quite a bit and every where I have been, both in Sydney and our own small town, complete strangers have helped me with my groceries, lifted the monster pram in and out of the car for me and even held a baby while I got the other one sorted.

People have stopped me on the street to admire the kids, often with their own twin story (mum’s a twin, brother had twins, married a twin etc) and I have to say it has been really lovely, despite the context that I have found myself in.

And last week I received a wonderful package of kids patterns from a reader, who despite not knowing me from Adam, took the time to sort through her stash, pick out some patterns in the right size that she thought I could use and post them off to me.

And I admit I almost cried when I got them because we currently have zero funds to spend on treats like patterns and fabric, and some days I even have to scrounge up some change for fresh bread!

So in order to keep the goodwill floating around the universe I have to do some serious giving back.

Next post will be not one, but two giveaways hurray!
Just give me some time to get lost in the fabric and pattern stash for a while will you?