Project Thanks: The Small Opportunities That Surround Us
There’s never a good time for your landlord to tell you that you have to move out as soon as possible because the home you rent is being torn down.
But a particularly bad time is two weeks after you’ve had a baby. An even worse time — if possible — is two weeks after you had a baby via c-section.
That’s what happened to Kellie. She was a new mom — a new, new mom only two weeks on the job. Kellie’s landlord told her and her husband to get the hell out of Dodge. Or, in this case, their home in a Boston suburb in the dead of winter.
Luckily, Kellie had Kate.
Kate is Kellie’s cousin, but they’re like sisters. Kate offered to help. And, when Kate says she’s going to help you, she means it. Kate’s the first to bring a friend food when they’re sick or take them home from a doctor’s appointment when they’re not supposed to drive.
And so, the weekend of the move, Kate watched Kellie’s newborn. She fed him. She held him. She rocked him. She let him fall asleep in her arms. Kate works and attends school full-time but she watched Kellie’s baby all weekend long.
A woman named Sally Koch once said, “Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.”
Lots of us miss the small opportunities, even though — sometimes — they’re all we’ve got. Kate didn’t. Thank you, Kate. And thank you, Kellie, for sharing your story.
This was the fourth installment of Project Thanks. Do you have a story? Bring it, suckers! If you have anyone you want to thank for anything at all (big thing or little thing or medium or kinda oddly shaped) just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Email me a sentence or two or three and then I’ll interview you about the rest, write it, and post it.