Welcome back to Human Kindness! If you haven’t already, please check out Human Kindness: Introduction for the background to this blog series! These stories are NOT all my own, they have been submitted to me for the purpose of this series and are a collection from some of the kindest people I know or who have contacted me.
I am ALWAYS on the lookout for kindness stories, so please do get in touch if you have one, there is a chance for you to submit yours at the end of this post (and I will always keep them anonymous). As always, if you’d like to receive these stories directly to your inbox every Monday morning, sign up to the mailing list at the end of this post.
“A couple of years ago, I was working as a District Nurse meaning that I would visit vulnerable and elderly people in their homes and care for them. I would conduct a range of tasks from cooking and cleaning to lifting them in and out of their beds, cleaning them and bathing them, and much more. It was very rewarding but tiresome work, and I was often physically exhausted by the end of my shifts.
It was the period between Christmas and New Year, and it was a particularly cold Winter that year, and our central heating system had broken. The boiler had packed in, all the pipes were frozen and it left us without warmth or hot water. Due to the time of year, we couldn’t find anybody available to come out and look at the problem, let alone fix it, until a couple of days later, and the house has quickly become absolutely freezing. After a few days, it was really beginning to be uncomfortable, despite the amount of layers we were wearing.
I went to work one day during this period and it was a particularly tiresome day. I was exhausted and filled with dread at the thought of going home to a freezing cold house and not being able to even get a shower or bath to warm up. I got home and my husband told me to go upstairs, at which point I found a steaming hot bubble bath waiting for me. I became so excited that the boiler was fixed, at which point it became apparent that it wasn’t fixed, my husband had manually filled the bathtub by filling the kettle up numerous times (about 52 to be exact!) and by boiling numerous pans of water at once on all of the hobs.
He had spent so much of his time prior to me getting home from work boiling this water and repeatedly going up and down the stairs filling the bath with them just so I could have a relaxing bath when I got home from work. It was the most incredible gesture, and the nicest bath I have ever had in my life, and to this day, I have never forgotten it.”
Have you experienced an act of kindness recently? Maybe you have done something for somebody that you haven’t yet shared for fear of being judged to be “bragging” or you have been on the receiving end of a kindness that somebody has shown you. My inbox is ALWAYS open for your kindness stories so please submit them!
Stories will be treated with discretion and published anonymously at all times, and I will share as much or as little information as you wish. Message me using the form below and I’ll be sure to feature your story in an upcoming post.