Our experience shows that with almost every act of kindness, the person giving the service benefits almost as much as the recipient. Sometimes you see the good you do. Sometimes that gift is kept from you, but the feeling of hope is still there.
Here's just a few examples that we've seen in the Herald this week.
Certainly, the soldier who receives one of Vera Robbins' crocheted hats is grateful, especially when the weather is cold or his helmet rubs against his head.
He has no idea that someone thousands of miles away has spent seven years making these little beanies. He doesn't know that she developed carpal tunnel during her quest to make the first 1,000 hats. (We say "first" because after she met her 1,000 goal, she kept going.)
At the same time, Vera makes the beanies in the comfort of her home to while away the time spent in front of her television.
Each life is blessed by the service of the other and each person, no doubt, is bettered by the service they give.
Three stories this week demonstrate how a small community of family and friends rally around those who are sick.
One recipient of this kindness is Betty Jean Overstreet, owner of Stitch N Bug in Richland.
It's pretty common for neighbors to bring in meals when someone is laid up from illness or treatment. People routinely offer rides to the doctor and help pick up the pieces of a shattered routine. To be sure, each of those acts is appreciated.
It is extraordinary, however, for a group to come together and tend the shop, literally.
It wouldn't take too many days of a closed door for a business to fold. Betty's circle of acquaintances is going above and beyond.
Heart's not home
A Kennewick family is experiencing a similar outpouring of love. Six-year-old Emilia Pocasangre was diagnosed with a brain tumor last summer. She's undergone six surgeries and hasn't been to school since Thanksgiving while her body is fighting infection.
In the meantime, her classmates have rallied with a coin drive and tried to arrange for donations.
Her older brother, who is growing up way too fast, has been largely on his own, with friends and neighbors to check on him and bring in meals.
Our thanks go out to each classmate who brought pennies and dimes to school -- and everyone else helping the Pocasangre family and the many others we don't know about.
Just plugging on
Gene Brown also is a recipient of someone's kindness. The Knights of Columbus made a motorized wheelchair available to him. Unfortunately, it doesn't fit in the camper that he has been living in for the past five years, but that kindness is still appreciated.
His situation was brought to light when he was being treated for skin cancer. The Knights of Columbus loan medical equipment to many in our region. A few years ago Gene was donating a wheelchair to the group, now he's borrowing one from them.
It's safe to say when it comes to kindness or karma or service, whatever you want to call it, eventually you will get what you deserve.