vic’s valentines


Image is a graphic reading, “Do small things with great love. – Mother Teresa}

Ken Cruz is one of my all-time favorite Diary readers. (Except for you, of course.) Ken has been hanging out around these parts for a long time. He finds encouragement in Brooke’s stories and he turns it into faith that his beautiful daughter will find her way too. And then he gives that faith right back. Nifty, that.

A couple of weeks ago, Ken invited me to a virtual event that he had created in honor of his Uncle Vic, who passed away two years ago. The story, and what Ken chose to do in the face of unthinkable tragedy, caught my heart. I can think of no more appropriate way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to help Ken spread love in Vic’s honor.

You see, on February 12th of 2013, Vic was killed in a tragic accident while delivering Valentines to his great nieces and nephews. When he describes his uncle, Ken says, “He was a man who gave to everyone. Never met a stranger and always willing to help.”

In order to honor his legacy, Ken created an event that reminded him of Uncle Vic’s generous and loving spirit. To that end, he has designated this coming weekend, Feb 13th – 15th, Random Act of Kindness Weekend. “I want everyone to do something nice for someone,” Ken says. “It can be anything. Call someone, send a letter, post something positive on their Facebook wall, buy a stranger a cup of coffee, donate blood, pray for someone, buy someone lunch, visit someone in a nursing home, clean a yard, the list goes on and on.”

That’s it. That’s all this entails. Do something nice for someone. Neat, right?

It would mean the world to Ken and their family if you would click on the Facebook page that he created for the “event” and let him know what you plan to do this weekend to make someone smile.

When I told Katie about Random Act of Kindness Weekend, she was on board. I told her that my idea was to make Valentines for the toll takers on the Mass Pike. She said, “YES! And the person who works at the lottery counter at the supermarket.”

“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” I said.

“That’s exactly the point,” she said. “You walk by that person all the time.”

Well played, kid. Well played.

Lottery counter person, your Valentine is coming.

Please CLICK HERE to join the group and then please invite everyone you know. Because love and kindness are pretty neat things to share.

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{Uncle Vic.}

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8 thoughts on “vic’s valentines

  1. First — this is a great idea. I’m going to think about it and figure out something to do.
    Second — I did not realize until just now how much snow Boston has gotten. Holy Fuhluck! Will your girls being going to school until July once (if?) the snow stops?

  2. This is such a great idea. A week or so ago, I had a lousy day. Nothing specific, just a day full of constantly feeling poked-at. So I went out to get myself an indulgent treat at Starbucks, and as I stood in line, I thought, “This never works the way I want it to. I’ll just eat sugar for the rest of the day and feel worse, not better.”

    Then I got out of line, went to the nearby Subway, bought a gift card, and handed it to the homeless woman standing outside. My spirits instantly rose in a way that a sugary pastry and a latte can never achieve.

    I don’t know what I’ll do along those lines this weekend, but I’ll do something.

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