Acts of Kindness and Grace

Today I went to speak to the Maine-ly Dolls Club, which is part of the United Federation of Doll Clubs.  I was there to speak about Izannah Walker dolls and share a bit of my own work.   I haven't spoken in public in a while, and I definitely used the word UM a lot.  I've gotta work on that! 

While I was there, I observed a meeting in progress.   The club went through the usual order of business - old business, new business, reports of the officers.   They introduced new people interested in joining the club.  One of the new people was a spry woman named Ella who told me she was surprised to be as old as she is.  Apparently she was planning to join, but in order to join a UFDC club, you have to have ten dolls in your collection. So she was attending meetings until she could officially join after building up her collection.
I sat there wondering what was going to happen.  Because rules are rules.  I watched in awe when toward the end of the meeting a member pulled out a  large bag that was filled with smaller gift bags.  They told Ella that they were going to have a "doll shower" for her.  And that's what they did.  Ella pulled doll after adorable doll out of that bag, until she definitely had an official collection of ten.  This group not only fulfilled the UFDC rules for members, but demonstrated such an act of kindness and inclusion that it brought tears to my eyes.  It was beautiful. 


Civil Folks said...

What a wonderful post! It doesn't cost much to show kindness. A simple act as small as a smile can be what someone needs at a moment.

Thanks for sharing this post. I am so happy for the woman who was 'gifted'.


Unknown said...

How beautiful!!!!!! I am so Happy for Ella to have found you all and visa versa!!!!!! Wonderful post!!!

Hitty For Me said...

It was nice to meet you today Dixie. Thank you for speaking to us and thank you for the wonderful post about our club. It felt good to plan the 'dolly shower' for Ella and then to see her opening her new collection of dolls gave me warm fuzzies. I enjoyed your presentation and learning about Izanna Walker. My sister has been an Izanna Walker admirer for a long time and it was nice to finally learn about the dolls she admires. I loved your smallest doll the most. Sue G, Vice President

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing from one place to another. Mirbah

Rebecca said...

What a beautiful story and group of ladies, Dix! I'm sure you had a ball too! Becky

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Susie McMahon said...

Aaaah! Gives one renewed faith in humanity!

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden