This necklace and earrings are named for my daughter April. Read on to see why she is so special!
When I’m with April I’m reminded of how important random acts of kindness really are –
Saying "Thank you" to a waitress filling your water glass, “Bless You” when you hear a sneeze, and eye contact and a smile to strangers as you pass by are just a few of the things I see and hear her do.
Because of April I try to acknowledge and show appreciation to those around me. She makes me realize that these small gestures are contagious; I hope it makes the people on the receiving end feel good.
As a mother, I of course have all kinds of stories about my daughter, however there is one that truly tells what a kind and giving person April has grown up to be.
Many of us have donated to local charities, left old belongings curbside for Good Will, and given money for various organizations at local shops and grocery stores. April took us beyond the convenient donation in a way that shaped lives forever.
When April was teaching in a low income school, she saw families that loved and sacrificed for their children yet struggled financially more than April had ever known. One Christmas she found a way to help these families in a very special way.
We got some gift cards and various gifts for a few of the families. She didn’t want them to know where the gifts came from, so Scott, a good friend of her brother Brad, delivered the gifts to the parents of these families on Christmas Eve.
Brad and April had such fun hiding so they could watch Scott when he delivered the gifts. They so enjoyed seeing the reactions of the parents as this 6’5” teenage stranger handed over presents and wouldn’t tell them who they were from!
To our knowledge, these families never knew who was responsible for their Christmas surprise – that’s what truly defines charity – doing it for the good and not the recognition.
That’s how April is. Mothers are supposed to inspire their children; however in my life it’s the daughter who inspires the mother.