Stories of Kindness from Around the World

A Family Affair 😊

--by mindyjourney, posted Apr 23, 2023

The family was up until midnight last night, cutting fleece for blankets to finish at DIL’s DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Chapter.

I helped MisterM with the measuring and cutting of the material (the engineer in him assured accuracy), son tied blanket fringe - to use as an example, and DIL finished the itinerary/newsletter, cookie platter, door prizes, all those details that make a successful meeting.

In the background, to keep us awake and get the job done, we switched on Motown music - making it truly a “A Family Affair.” Remember that song by Sly & the Family Stone? 🎶

🇺🇸 Today at the meeting, there was an overflow of non-perishables for the food bank, more donated fleece - plus, members finished all the blankets we brought, and an oversized “bag” to hold all those Handbags of Hope.

Rob, a worker for the event space, was so very helpful that we made sure to thank him as well as give him a nice tip. *I keep an origami envelope in my purse Kindness Kit preloaded with cash for such opportunities.

🕊️ Shared a small flock of origami Peace Doves and a host of 5-pointed stars in celebration of Texas and the guest speaker - an advocate of darker night skies and easing light pollution.

The opening prayer read by the chaplain exemplified our family affair-ness. So in tune, don’t you think, of our larger weave?

All Things
by Chief Seattle

Teach your children
what we have taught our children-
that the earth is our mother.
Whatever befalls the earth
befalls the sons and daughters of the earth.
If men spit upon the ground,
they spit upon themselves.

This we know.
The earth does not belong to us;
we belong to the earth.
This we know.
All things are connected
like the blood which unites one family.
All things are connected.

Whatever befalls the earth
befalls the sons and daughters of the earth.
We do not weave the web of life;
We are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web.
we do to ourselves.

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Lovebeingkind wrote: Just googled one of my all-time favourite music idols - Iggy Pop (cool dude hottie with a voice that makes me melt). And he has a gorgeous version of It's a Family Affair" on his website! You might want to check it out. Here is the link:
Rajni wrote: You raised your family with family values you got from your parents. Working in unison for good cause is greatly appreciated. Thanks for the beautiful poem.
fairykats wrote: A really wonderful share. Thank you and your family for all kindnesses and efforts.
Helenconnell2 wrote: An amazing amount of kindness there.
petroskryf wrote: Family generosity indeed
gardengal10 wrote: Beautiful!
Mish wrote: So much love…bless all of you involved in this 🙏❤️
pluto178 wrote: Skip the spit part and I am in full agreement with the poem Mother Earth and Heavenly Father are all a part of who we are and we must firstly respect our own though I know that can sometimes be difficult do it anyway and of course see God in everything you do and the World will be just fine………x
pluto178 wrote: Thanks for all the effort you put in too almost forgot that part lol x
kmbhai wrote: Fantastic ...

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