"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."
Ralph Waldo Emerson.

When I opened my comments this morning, Kaci from MY THREE SONS, gave me a beautiful gift. Her kind words made me realize how we can touch people with our written words.

You see Kaci is a single mom raising three sons: 14, 13 and 3, and she wrote: "I have a little story that I wanted to share with you. Last night my 14-year-old son was sitting with me in the living room and he was looking at my blog. He was asking me questions about some of the wonderful blogs I follow and we got to yours."

Kaci wrote how she's had numerous conflicts with Coltan, including one on mothers' day last year, when he was rude and nasty and complained and whined the whole day. "So I have gotten my feelings hurt on more than one occasion with his behavior and words," she wrote.

Now this is where I come in.

Coltan started reading a blog post I wrote, the one about what does number 11 mean? I talked about my 21-year-old son coming back from college and that it had been 361 days since I last hugged him.

Kaci's son looked at her and said, "You mean, you moms really count stuff like that?" Kaci replied, "Yes, Coltan, a hug or a simple I love you means so much to us."

Coltan continued reading the part where my son made a comment that truly hurt me, and suggested that he might be joking.

Kaci wrote, "It was your honesty about your pain with your son that you shared to the world that gave Coltan and I a reason for a talk."

"We glow when someone tells us how much they appreciate something we've done. In our busy daily rush, we don't always think to pass such kindnesses on to others." The Daily Book of Positive Quotations.

So Kaci, thank you for opening my eyes. Tell Coltan I'm honored to hear he read my blog post, and decided to change. Great son you have, and Coltan, great mom you have.

Thanks, Sonia.

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Comment by Gutsy Living on December 18, 2009 at 11:16am
Vivianne, I thank you for that comment. I have to admit that I;ve been blogging for almost 2 years and had no idea how what I say can perhaps help another person. It does feel good to get feedback, and know that someone can use snippets from how I handled my own defiant teenager.
Comment by Vivianne on December 18, 2009 at 9:48am
Wonderful post! Moms go through so much emotionally with their children. I'm sure we all long for those moments when they understand the depth of our love for them, and how much we need them just to be good to us a little bit. I think it's great when Mom can reach out to other Moms to get some support and understanding. Thank you for reminding us of that.

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