I was the recipient of a true act of kindness with Kleenex® Brand products as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Kleenexcare. This might be the most personal sponsored post I’ve ever written. I had the intention of writing this post about a family tradition that we have. Every few months, we put together “blessing boxes” for our neighbors. Large boxes are placed around the common areas in our complex, and we welcome our neighbors to take what they need, like bottles of shampoo and boxes of Kleenex®, and we encourage them to pay it forward by being a blessing to another neighbor. How Kleenex Care can be a blessing for all. That’s what this post was supposed to be about. But, after recent events, I just couldn’t do it. Wednesday night, we lost a dear family friend to cancer. Ruth was the woman who took care of me since I was 2 months old. When my mom had to go back to work, I was taken to Ruth’s. Every neighborhood has a woman like Ruth: a kind-hearted and lively lady that offers to watch the neighborhood kids, while their parents work hard to keep a roof over their heads. I wasn’t the first baby she cared for, nor was I the last. She even took care of my little sister when she was born. She was everyone’s Aunt, everyone’s Grandmother. She was also the mother of my mom’s best friend, which meant that she was family. When my mom called me at 9:30 on Wednesday night, I immediately knew something was wrong. As she broke the news that Ruth lost her battle with cancer, I sobbed. I sobbed like I’d lost my own grandmother all over again. I sobbed the same way I did when my grandfather passed away two years ago. As my husband rushed to console me, I worked hard to hold it together. But, the tears. The tears continued. Tears for the woman that I hugged hard and kissed endlessly every time I saw her. The woman that helped shaped me as a giver and lover of life. My husband said nothing, but held on tight. As I started to quiet down, he gifted me with the sweetest acts of kindness. He grabbed a Kleenex® and wiped away my tears. This act of love continued for the next hour; the harder I cried, the more he wiped. Using Kleenex® to clear my tears was an easy way to show he cared. As I lost someone I loved, I had someone who loves me to lean on. I’m sure this small act was nothing to him, but it was everything to me. It’s funny how one piece of Kleenex® and one giant teddy bear of a man could comfort me. But, we all take comfort in the the things we can depend on, whether it’s tissue or people. My dearest Ruthie, thank you for loving me like one of your own. Thank you for the acts of kindness that you provided to our community. Thank you for being a light for all. We’ll miss your giggles, and the comfort and care you offered to us all. We’ll love you, always. Kleenex wants to encourage you to perform acts of kindness this season to those around you:
- Join the “Share The Kleenex Care” movement.
- Kleenex softness is a catalyst for showing kindness and care.
- Sharing a Kleenex is an easy way to show how much you care.