WHEN I SPOTTED THE FED EX truck parked on the corner by my house and the driver leaping back inside, I decided to check my front steps, even though I wasn’t expecting a package. I rarely order online.
But there, on my steps, sat a cardboard box with an imprinted arrow pointing skyward next to the word UP. So I carried the box inside, washed my hands and slit the tape. Inside I found a pot of tulip bulbs erupting through a layer of moss. And this message:
Tulips from Holland!!! I told you I would do it! The Cedar Journal blog friend.
How sweet is that? Paula, a native of northern Minnesota who now lives in Holland with her husband, gifted me with these springing-to-life tulip bulbs after I commented on her post, “Spring Time in the Netherlands 2020,” and asked her to pretty please, send flowers to Minnesota. However, I missed her reply to send my address so she could send me tulips. She sleuthed my address on her own.
And now I have these Holland tulip bulbs that, in a few weeks, should bloom bright colors and remind me of Paula and her kindness. Isn’t that lovely? In these days when our worlds are turned upside down, this blogger friend, whom I’ve never met, reaches out to me with a simple act of kindness.
But it’s more than that. Paula gifted me with a spot of joy during these difficult days. She uplifted me and reaffirmed my faith in the goodness of people—just like Penny in sending face masks and Paul in sending a watercolor print last week. There are so many caring people in this world. Now, more than ever, we need to find ways to be kind.
I invite you to share today recent acts of kindness extended to you or which you have extended to others. You may just spark an idea that ripples more kind acts. Thank you, my friends. And Paula, especially, thank you for your gift of spring-in-a-box shipped from Holland to Minnesota. I am grateful.
© Copyright 2020 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Audrey, What a wonderful thing to receive tulips. I was thoroughly enjoying this post….. until Scrabble. 🙂
What? You don’t like Scrabble. I love that game, but Randy never wants to play it with me either. What’s with you guys?
Audrey, that’s wonderful! A breath of spring all the way from The Netherlands. 🙂 There are so many ways to be kind – from sharing what we have, sending flowers, ordering an extra mask for a sister (my son and his wife did this recently because my daughter Abby had to return to work at Target), and donating to food shelves, which is what my husband and I are doing. Please post a photo when the flowers are in full bloom!
Kathleen, thank you for sharing the many ways in which your family is extending kindness.
And, yes, I will post a pic of those tulips in bloom. I’m curious to see the colors. It’s a mystery right now.
I cant wait to see what they look like after blooming. Be sure to post photo’s 🙂
I will certainly post a pic. They are really growing.
How fun is that! What a wonderful gift.
It’s fun now watching how quickly these tulips are growing. I can almost watch them grow.
I love tulips and I love that your friend sent these to you. What a wonderful surprise.
These tulips are growing at an incredible rate.