Monday, 6 June 2011

Number Twenty Six: The Kindness of Strangers

The people I am close to have been overwhelmingly supportive and I am truly grateful for this.
So why then does the kindness of strangers feel so powerful?

A couple of days ago I noticed that one of the blogs I follow had a new post- the title was ‘For Erin’ We’ve already covered the fact that my name is quite unusual- not so much recently- Erin has become a lot more popular- people clearly took a while to catch on to the brilliance of the name! (Or they just didn’t watch The Waltons like my mum?) So I immediately wondered if I was theErin’ was me. Could I be the Erin? It turned out I was…

My smile was massive! Not to knock the kindness of those I know- don’t know what I’d have done without them, but lets be honest they’ve got a vested interest in me getting better and being happy! My future is their future! Our lives are entwined! But I’ve realised how amazingly powerful the kindness of strangers can be.

So thank you findit13 you’ve inspired me to do something thoughtful for a stranger today. Anyone fancy joining me in the quest to make a stranger smile massively?


  1. aww, how very sweet of you :-) Thanks, and keep smiling, as you've made this stranger smile today.

  2. Hi Erin! Great to stumble on your blog! Best of luck with your journey! Have you heard of FAMEDS? Freedom of Access to Medicines in the non-profit leading the effort against the FDA from disproving the drug Avastin this month, as it is working for 17,500 women with Metastatic Breast Cancer. Please sign & share the urgent petition:

  3. Erin, you always make me smile even when I feel I should cry, how do you do that? this is for you I hope it makes you smile.

  4. Sarah Mac sent me! And for a moment I thought, "really, she thinks she's Erin Walton? But then I realized you meant Booby Erin and all is right. I'm amazed at your attitude and will now dig through your life story.