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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Scatter Kindness in Memory of Oliver Alvin Crane


On November 23, 2011 Oliver Alvin Crane was born still.  We have thought about him everyday since then. Luke & I had spoken several times about what we would like to do to celebrate Oliver's birthday.  We have had several people ask if they can somehow be involved in whatever we choose to do for his birthday.  A couple weeks ago we made a decision. We will of course be doing several things that remind us of Oliver by ourselves.  However, we also decided on an idea that can involve family and friends in a simple but impactful way.

SO, on Friday November 23, 2012 Luke and I will SCATTER KINDNESS IN MEMORY OF OLIVER by performing RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS throughout the day. This past year we have been the recipients of so many acts of kindness. I often think of the angel nurse that delivered Oliver and the caring women from SHARE that showed so much kindness that has changed our lives. I think of the family and friends that have done and said kind things. You may never fully understand what a difference those things make. Most recently, I think of the sweet anonymous individual that laid a single white rose at Oliver's grave at the beginning of November.  Who this person is?  I may never know.  I do know that Luke and I were experiencing a weekend heavy with grief as we visited Ollie's grave and it sure warmed our hearts to be the recipients of that random act of kindness.

Service has been and continues to be a big part of our healing process. Since Friday is the day after Thanksgiving many people will be with family, friends, or out shopping among total strangers.  This provides the perfect opportunity to perform your own random acts of kindness no matter where you are on that day. It doesn't need to be anything big.  It doesn't need to be anything that was planned.  We just hope it provides the opportunity to consciously watch for an opportunity to be kind and remember Angel Ollie and his strong spirit.

With Love,
Luke, Bridget, & Ollie

PS  If you'd like to share what you did, we would love to hear about it!