We made our search for Shimmer, started eating powdered donuts and milk and then I went on to searching social media while the boys watched Nick Jr in their pjs.
Originally, today was going to be spent at the Omni theater watching the Polar Express with our friends. But the movies were sold out so I had already decided that Friday was going to be laundry day-- all day long.
Then I scrolled down to Nicolle's post on instagram and saw her hashtag #26acts.
Nicolle is always up to something good, so I knew I wanted to know more!
I clicked the hashtag and started scrolling through all the selfless acts of kindness that these people were doing for random strangers and I knew I wanted in on it.
Nicolle explained to me that this was started by Ann Curry.
I found the facebook page which states:: "Newtown's heartbreak has a lot of us asking, "What can I do?" Thinking about this, Ann Curry took to social media and asked people to imagine what would happen if all of us committed to 26 acts of kindness to honor each life lost in Newtown.
Here is the website if you would like to know more. https://nbcnews.com/26acts
I am a planner.
So against everything that I am made of, I scooped the boys into the car and me made our way to purchase a few treats to spread our joy.
The boys and I walked the halls and handed candy canes to nurses, CNA, clerks, therapists, janitors, and anyone else we saw in uniform.
Maddox wished each of them a Merry Christmas and went on about his hunt for the next worker.
As we were heading in, we saw two brothers coming out.
Maddox and I darted back to the car to grab a couple of toys, to which we offered the brothers.
Their mommy cried and thought it was the coolest thing.
(I was most proud of him for this one, because I knew he really wanted it for himself)
I gave her a cup of candy!
He politely declined my gift, but I think he thought I was trying to sell him something!
I know, because he counted them!
He was so impressed that she gave him so many!
When I called Lance this morning to tell him what we were doing, he wanted to be included.
He told me that he read part of a eulogy to a little boy this morning and it made him sad.... helpless... and mad.
So he donated to the Salvation Army and bought a stranger's lunch and even though we weren't together today, we made it a family effort.
I also wrangled my mom and sister into the antics and had so much fun sharing this with them.
After looking through some of the others, I felt guilty that all of ours were such small acts.
Kind of embarrassed, really.
Lance and I talked about doing this again next year, on a bigger scale-- and he agreed that we could do more.
But tonight, I feel full.
Maddox had the best time today and told me he wanted to do it every year.
Every smile, "Merry Christmas", and skip from him when we pulled off another gifting....
The tears, puzzled looks, smiles and moments of gratitude from complete strangers...
And being able to do this all, in the company of my mom and sister-- made this day one of my favorites!
Maddox told me that today was "generous".
And I guess I agree.