How An Act Of Kindness From A Stranger Made Me Hug My Daughter A Little Tighter Today

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“Eventful stuff never happens to me, but today that changed.

This past weekend, I walked in to pick up my daughter’s cake for her birthday party when this sweet lady at my local Kroger informed me a lady had already came in to pay for it.

I said, ‘Oh, really? Did she know me?’ She said, ‘No, but she left you a note.’

I replied, ‘I don’t think I can read it in here or else I will cry.’ Then she said, ‘We read it and we have all cried.’

The note read as follows:

My son Nehemiah would be 8-years-old today. I want to remember my son by doing good to others. I hope you enjoy your child’s cake, and I hope your day is special. Hold your baby a little tighter today, watch them as they play, be patient with them, kiss their sweet, little hand and tell them how much you love them. Our children are such special gifts! I hope your day is beautiful!

Much love from me and my angel in heaven to your family.

As soon as I read it, I broke down in tears. I was a crying mess. My heart melted.

This mom had given me a new perspective on celebrating my daughter’s life.

You see, my daughter cried for a party. To be honest, I didn’t want to throw a birthday party at all. There are so many expectations as a mom to have everything perfect and spend so much money that I find actually celebrating the child gets lost in everything. But I reluctantly gave in and threw a last-minute party, not knowing this would happen. And I was given a life lesson.

I just want to hug Nehemiah’s mom, who still has remained a mystery. I asked the bakery manager Cindy and she said, ‘I’ve never seen her but I’d know if she came back in because she was beautiful.’ I’m just thankful I still have my little girl Eva to hug a little longer tonight in honor of Nehemiah and his mom.

Courtesy of Holly G.

To the sweet momma who is remembering her little Nehemiah today, thank you for such a profound gift. You took a sad day and turned it around for good. My heart hurts for you as we are actually celebrating my little girl turning 8.

Thank you for this reminder of the gift of life and how sweet it is to celebrate. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for opening yours and giving. If you know this momma personally, give her a huge hug from me.

Y’all, this is how kindness works. We spread the good deeds to rid out all the hate. We find something positive and do what we can to spread good. We have no idea what people are going through. Just give a smile, if nothing else.”

Courtesy of Holly G.

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