Plant a Kiss
I am a huge fan of Amy Krouse Rosenthal. So when I heard that a friend was hosting a blog party to celebrate her new book, Plant a Kiss, I said YES in huge letters with many exclamation points.
The idea was simple: We would celebrate Amy’s birthday (Sunday, April 29th) with an act of radical kindness. An act of generosity, big or small, that added something good and joyful to the world. 16 inspiring and creative bloggers (including me!) would do this collectively and the blog about our experience and give away lots of fabulous prizes.
One sad banana
BUT… my weekend was hard. And I was in a funk. Okay, beyond a funk. Matt was out of town for several days and I was lacking sleep, and sanity, and all the stresses of my life were folding in on me. I literally couldn’t breathe… and was on the verge of a panic attack for much of the weekend. Then someone broke into our car and I just crumpled. I sobbed with my head in my hands while Ben pet my back saying, “Are you okay mommy?”
And all the while, I had this Plant a Kiss thing in my mind… and I wondered how I would possibly have the energy to do a Bubble Flash Mob (so fabulous!) or plant hope notes inside books at the library or all of the other wonderful possibilities when I was feeling so damned sorry for myself.
I knew it would be just the right medicine, to step out of my own internal drama to do something kind out in the world, but as I wheeled Nico to the park, on the verge of tears and contemplating Xanax, I ended up praying instead for someone to help me… some little angel that would be my own personal Plant a Kisser.
What I found was an almost empty park except for one other mom, a regular like me, that I had chatted with once before. I noticed that she was hosing down all of the toys and organizing them. A perfect kaleidoscope of brightly colored push toys and little cars were gleaming with moisture and lined up neatly in rows. The toys are always a bit skanky and in various states of dishevelment at this park and I was moved by her act of kindness.
Then I saw it. She was Planting a Kiss… anonymously, and for this park that we love so much.
“Can you help me hose the water table down?” she called to me. “It’s so full of sand, it’s impossible to lift!” We both took tiny bright plastic shovels and scooped sand until we could finally see the bottom of the water table. Then we filled it with fresh water and it gleamed. “Thank you!” she said as she went off to gather all of the random hoodies and shoes strewn around the park. “Maybe we can create a lost and found bin!” I shouted across the park excitedly.
Then I realized that she was the angel I was looking for. She planted a kiss for the kids who come to the park and then for me by inviting me into her world. This was the highlight of my day.
Plant a Kiss Giveaway!
And now for the prizes!
Click here to visit the main Plant a Kiss page, where you view all the links for the participating bloggers. For every blog that you visit and comment on, your name will be tossed into a hat for a chance to win one of many amazing prizes such as online writing, photography, or dream-building classes; coaching sessions; artwork, or jewelry.
I’m giving away spots in both my Superhero Photo e-course and Mondo Beyondo e-courses! Just leave a comment here and then bop around to the other blogs too. And better yet, Plant a Kiss yourself!