She’s one of the most huggable, loveable, selfless, nurturing, compassionate human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.
She fosters loving relationships with everyone she meets and she adores her children and grandchildren.
She is a modern day Mother Theresa.
And she is my mother-in-law.
Recently, her own mum passed away, the strong spirited and independent, Dorothy Jean. Her absence leaves Dolores heavy hearted at times, as she mourns the loss of memories shared with someone she cared for so deeply.
The holidays were especially difficult as they were the first celebrated without Dorothy Jean’s deviled eggs, sweet smile and isms. Yes, she had her own quips and quotes, like “it’s not a laughing matter but it doesn’t hurt to laugh”.
While her isms make us chuckle, a tear generally follows.
When the Pig and I discovered The Giving Keys on Pinterest, there was a feeling of inevitability. The non-profit employs a homeless couple to craft unique necklaces made up of engraved custom messages on recycled keys. The recipient is then encouraged to give away the necklace at a point when they feel someone else may benefit from the message. A one-of-a-kind way to pay-it-forward.
I love the symbolism and instantly felt an incandescent bulb hover above my head.
The Pig and I knew tout de suite what our message would say and who would be the recipient of The Giving Key.
After placing the necklace around Dolores’ neck, her eyes watering with tears of gratefulness, she shared a story with us.
A few days before, a friend of hers confessed that she wanted to give a gift to Dolores that symbolized strength. However, her friend wasn’t quite ready to give it to her because she needed the encouragement herself.
The day after we gave her the necklace, she attended a church service with family and friends.
And the theme of the sermon was…
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