I'll start with my favorite one from yesterday:
After talking to a friend about her family who is dealing with massive flood damage in Minot, ND, I thought about how much Gavin's spirit got us through some very dark times. I asked him to paint them a picture to cheer them up, and explained that we could do something kind for someone else as a way to remember Elliot. I'm not sure that he understand how doing something nice for someone else was also doing something for Elliot, but he happily painted them a picture with lots of beautiful little houses. As soon as we dropped it in the mailbox at the post office, he said, “Are they happy now?”
Someone else, after thinking and thinking of what she could do to remember Elliot, made a donation in Elliot's name to an artist's project that he is doing in honor of his son and the child that he is expecting.
The very first act of kindness I got in my email was from someone who made new neighbors a basket full of fruit, nuts, candy and a card to welcome them to the neighborhood.
Someone else was at a Summerfest concert and noticed a large family (grandma, grandpa, their grown children, and their grandchildren - teenagers and children) all dancing, laughing, and enjoying a concert together. The grandma was trying to capture this moment with her camera, but was struggling and close to being knocked over by the "die-hard" fans. Our dear friend thought, "I should go take a picture of that family for Elliot!!" She did, and they were very grateful.
Another person thought of Elliot after getting some coupons in the mail. She had two and took them to the store they were good at, found two young families shopping and gave them the coupons.
Someone else was driving through her neighborhood when she saw a group of young girls with a lemonade stand. She pulled over and donated $2 for a delicious cup of lemonade.
We have a family member who is helping out with a newborn, so that they baby's mother has an easier transition back into work.
Another friend was at the laundromat doing some laundry when she noticed a woman who didn't have any laundry detergent and she was looking around like she didn't know what to do, so our friend offered her some money to buy some.
Someone else saved the day while thinking about Elliot! She bought and installed a sump pump in a family member's home so that their house could close as they had already relocated out of state.
A dear friend of ours helped out someone who's employees didn't show up by doing their work that needed to be done. She ended the email to me by saying, "I can't remember the others. But there are plenty. I think of Elliot every time. Thank you."
I love all of these! A number of people have ended their messages to me telling me there are more to come, remarking that they love this idea, and saying thank you. And while I love these messages, it seems like the thanks goes to Elliot, my special little boy who continues to inspire and amaze me.