It is amazing how people that you might interact with for just a few days can have a profound effect on your life. This is a picture of my maternal grandmother's fourth husband whom I knew for only a few days as Grandpa Hill. Grandpa Hill was one of those important people for me. He had raised four daughters who were grown when I met him. He obviously loved his daughters very much. Grandpa Hill was visiting at my home for a few days and he bought me the book Black Beauty. No one in my family was a reader and no one had ever read to me. He invited me to hear the story of Black Beauty, putting me on his lap and reading each day until we finished the book. He was a quiet man, but very loving and gentle. I remember he loved smoking big cigars and wore suspenders every day. Grandpa Hill's kindness touched me deeply and I cherish that memory. I never saw him again.
It is powerful the postive effect we can have on those around us by simple acts of kindness. Today as I am reminded of this experience I am motivated to seek to be that kind of person. How are we effecting those we interact with daily? A good question to ask ourselves. Peace, Jeanne
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