Kindness Fridays

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My sister, Mary, is one of the kindest people I know. We are only eight months apart in age. You see, Mary was adopted by our parents after our mother suffered three miscarriages. Then, as oftentimes happens, once the adoption procedures commenced my mother got pregnant with me. Growing up, Mary and I always had each other as friends; we always had a playmate. People mistakenly thought we were twins; that’s how close we were, and still are.

So this wonderful, extraordinarily artistic sister of mine did something for me in response to my recent left eye cataract surgery. (See her website that spotlights some of her paintings.)

My siblings and I were raised as Roman Catholics. In our adulthood, we have followed different spiritual paths so that none of us follow the religion in which we were raised. With that said, however, Mary went to Mass the day after my eye surgery because she felt that our parents would also be there and would provide an added prayer boost to Mary’s intentions.

My sister feels very strongly about her connection with our long-deceased parents as prayer partners during Mass and has gone an additional time just this week with the intention that my left eye experiences 100% healing. She will also go next Wednesday so that my right cataract surgery that takes place the day before (April 17th) will be a complete success with no complications.

Mary has a very full and busy life with 5 children and 9 grandchildren. She volunteers every Tuesday morning to collect donated food from local grocery stores for her church’s lunch ministry. She is very attentive to her mother-in-law whose failing health requires a great deal of Mary’s and her husband’s time. She drives friends to doctor appointments, babysits her grandchildren…you get the idea. She’s busy, so adding yet another To Do to her growing list of responsibilities truly says a lot about her.

To be sure, we need more people like my sister who is the embodiment of kindness. Mary’s light shines in many places, near and far, a light that has landed on many over the years.

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7 thoughts on “Kindness Fridays

    Mary Riesche said:
    April 15, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    . Irene, I am so blessed by many of your writings but especially, personally this one. Love Mary

    On Apr 13, 2018 7:02 AM, “Living: the ultimate team sport” wrote:

    > Irene Olson posted: “My sister, Mary, is one of the kindest people I know. > We are only eight months apart in age. You see, Mary was adopted by our > parents after our mother suffered three miscarriages. Then, as oftentimes > happens, once the adoption procedures commenced my moth” >

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      Irene Olson responded:
      April 16, 2018 at 11:16 am

      I only write the truth, and that article was extraordinarily truthful. Love you Mary!

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    Mary Riesche said:
    April 13, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    You are such a loving sister, Irene. I will always keep this on my personal page as it is so positive and wonderful to read.

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    laura bruno lilly said:
    April 13, 2018 at 10:23 am

    What a special way to become a twin!!!!!
    I hope Mary reads this as it will bless her day for sure.
    🙂

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      Irene Olson responded:
      April 13, 2018 at 10:34 am

      Thank you, Laura. I will make sure she sees it or that one of her kids shows it to her.

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    Jill Weatherholt said:
    April 13, 2018 at 8:20 am

    It sounds like Mary is a blessing to many. And she’s so talented!!!

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