Happy Valentine’s Day …

In honor of Valentine’s Day, please take a few minutes of your time to be kind to someone. It doesn’t need to be a big undertaking … a kind thought, a pray, a smile, any little touch of joy. Even better  … continue your kindness each and every day.

From me, a very special Valentine’s wish to all of you who read my blog. I sincerely appreciate it.


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Learning from the young …

I don’t know about you, but I am so disappointed in the behavior of people, highlighted in the political process but present nearly every where you turn. People have simply become rude.

Simple Definition of rude

  • not having or showing concern or respect for the rights and feelings of other people: not polite.

Perhaps it’s time we turn to the young for a lesson on kindness.

My granddaughter Alexandra, mostly known as Monkey, is in third grade. Monkey has always been a sturdy girl – very strong. She’s been showing us the muscles in her arms since she was a little girl. Then she giggles, because I show her my muscles in return – you know, the kind that hang below the arm.



Lately, during physical education class, Monkey’s class has been roller-skating in the gym. However, one of her classmates cannot roller skate. He is in a wheel chair. Seeing him sit on the sideline made Monkey sad. So, she did what a strong girls does – she skated over to his wheelchair and helped him skate. She grabbed the handles on the wheelchair and skated round and round the gym.

Monkey didn’t need anyone to tell her to be kind. She just knew it was the right thing to do. This is typical behavior for her. She recently was given an award for citizenship – including a T-shirt and a letter from our local member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. For the skating help – Monkey was treated to a Dairy Queen lunch – and even better, she was invited to eat that lunch with the special education teacher.

I think there are many people who could learn a lesson in kindness from Monkey. You know – Monkey see, Monkey do.


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