We had a random act of kindness happen, homeschool-style, happen to us the other day. Remember how I told you that I had found a homeschoolin’ mentor earlier this year? Well, the other day we arrived home after a crazy day to find an unmarked manila envelope tucked in our front door. When we opened it, we found this:
A sweet note from one homeschooler to another, the promise to meet up to learn the “secret homeschool handshake” (Leo’s homeschool buddy really has a secret handshake that he teaches to new homeschoolers so that they feel a sense of community!), and some magical reindeer food to sprinkle on our lawn on Christmas Eve.
Folks, it was unexpected, it was heartfelt, it was magical. It was a random act of [homeschool] kindness. When I originally told you about this amazing family that we are blessed to know, I told you that I am determined to follow in this woman’s tracks and to one day pay it forward. Once I have a few years of homeschoolin’ under my belt, I’m going to pass on the love and kindness to some newbie homeschooler who is flying by the seat of HER pants.
That evening, when Leo and I were snuggled in his room saying our prayers, he asked if one day he could share the homeschool handshake he’s going to learn from his homeschool buddy with a new, younger homeschooler. My answer was a resounding YES.
Kindness breeds kindness. It spreads like contagion. Be kind whenever possible, and if you have kind thoughts in your mind, do not hesitate to share those too.
If you’d like to perform a similar random act of kindness for your neighbors, I’ve researched recipes for Magic Reindeer Food and pinned a few to my Christmas board on Pinterest.
Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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