A local 4th grade class had learned about kindness boomerangs, a good dead thrown out into the world that will spread kindness and come back to you, and decided to make blankets. They made 104 blankets.
For those who know me, you are aware I work with cancer patients. So when these kids decided the blankets should go to people going through cancer treatments, they gave me a call.
On a sunny afternoon in January, I went to the elementary school and spoke to the 4th grade. Their eyes were wide and some had tears while I told them what it was like to get to know people who were sick, to know what was going on in their bodies, and see what their cancer was doing even before they knew. I told them how much strength these patients have even when they are scared. And I told them how fiercely they love those around them.
Then I read them a poem I had written for them…
What a Blanket Means
It starts with some fabric, maybe bright blue or gold
And ideas to tie here – no there, or so you’ve been told
The cloth begins to change and become something new
Much like our cancer patients who are on their journey, too
All of us get scared sometimes and can be filled with fright
But now our patients have something warm to get them through the night
Because, these blankets mean so much more than being cozy
It means someone thought of you when life wasn’t rosy
To say thank you doesn’t seem quite enough
So without going into too much emotional stuff
Please know our hearts are wide open and our arms will hold tight,
This gift from new friends which will help us through the fight.
After I was done, a few students got to talk to the news cameras and share their stories of their family members who’ve fought cancer. Some of who had won, some who had lost. But all of the kids had a sense of pride and joy when they talked about making a blanket for someone else, someone they will likely never meet.
I encouraged them to remember this act, this kindness boomerang, and how it made them feel. Because the world needs a lot more kindness thrown out into it.