A friend and co-worker suffered a family loss this week. Losing a family member at any time is a difficult, heart-wrenching event. Those of us on the periphery want to do all that we can, but often feel helpless and lacking when it comes to knowing just the right thing to do. This time, the helpful thing was an unusual task.
Today's act of kindness was slicing up fruit to make a super-huge fruit salad. My friend's usual job at this time in the school year is putting together a breakfast for the teachers and staff. This year, breakfast was the last thing that she needed to worry herself with. She needed to be with her family. So, several colleagues and I stepped up to take care of breakfast duties. After work, we pulled up our sleeves to slice up strawberries, melons, and pineapple. Here's hoping that our time spent making a fruit salad provided my friend with a few extra moments to worry less and to focus on being with her family in their time of need.