The Sweetest Thing.

by Lori Dwyer on May 14, 2011 · 32 comments

I was very lucky, in the months following Tony’s death, to receive all kinds of packages, from all over the world, filled with all kinds of lovely things.

They were little spots of sunshine, every one. A few minutes a day,opening packages with my children, still crying, but in a better way. Shedding tears over the number of people who cared, the number of people who went out of their way to show kindness to a woman and a family they’d never met.

Every one of them of them was special, and I’ll probably do a few posts on them on the future.

But one, in particular, just…. well. You’ll see.

I received a huge package from a family in new South Wales.It was packed with goodies- shampoo, deodorant, and make up for me, movie tickets, clothes for my kids, beach towels, food… the list goes on.

And nestled within it was this.

Which came with this note.

“This is from my 6 year old son. He wanted to make Lori something to make her feel better. He has also sent her a 10 cent coin. He only had 15 cents in his piggy bank and wanted Lori to have ‘the big one’. He does not yet understand the value of money :)
He said that he hope she loves her bracelet and that it helps her to feel better. he has sent her money so that Lori will have enough money to make her and her children happy again.
From James- 6 years old.

James, I can’t even tell you how happy this made me. It made me smile when all i could do was cry. You are a very special, very kind little man and I am very proud of you.

Sometimes, it’s just the sweetest, simplest things… they take the edge of the grief.

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Andrea May 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

sheessh….just go and make me bawl my eyes out next time…warning please…. ;).

just kidding, I love it, amazing how AMAZING children are.


Ooh Baby – All things Cuteable May 19, 2011 at 6:00 am

Oh my, that really is so lovely! I teared up reading that. In times of need you realise how kind some people can be. I'm glad this gift touched your heart, it really is very special. *hugs*


MaidInAustralia May 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

What a lovely boy. And so healing for you to be reminded in the loveliness in our world. xo


•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• May 17, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Your story has moved so many people to random acts of kindness Lori.
Thank you for sharing.


Stinky May 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm

awwww happytears


Lina May 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

With acts of kindness, they say the serotonin levels of the recipient (you) and the giver (James) increases. The coolest thing, is that so do those of the observers (the rest of us). Thank you for sharing, and for raising my serotonin levels today! :)


withinwords May 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I am proud of my little man too :) Lori Thank you for your kinds words to James and for the lovely card :)
And to you all for the lovely things you have said about my son :)
I am crying happy tears now too :)
All our Love and Support
Claire :)


Lirio Jaguar May 15, 2011 at 10:52 pm

You must meet him to squish him on our behalf and yours! Human nature at its best, babe xxx


Glowless @ Where’s My Glow May 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm

He gave you the bigger coin, that's just lovely beyond words. x


Once A Mother May 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm

oh how beautiful… and what a grand gesture from this little boy. i can see why it made your heart swell. the kindness of strangers never ceases to amaze me. i am so glad that this world has people like little james to bring some sunshine among the clouds


JB May 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Just come across your blog (and will continue to follow) and want to say you are doing well just to get through each day. Can't imagine the magnitude of the difficulties and the rollercoaster you are having to endure. I can see that there are many people out there thinking of you, (even 6yo James!), and I'm now one of them.


Melissa May 15, 2011 at 11:37 am

Oh! Beautiful, beautiful boy. <3


Lene May 15, 2011 at 8:21 am

Hi Lori, I have been following you for a while now and felt compelled to comment on this gorgeous post. This is just so beautiful, what a thoughtful and sweet little boy. This bought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. Thank you. xx


Jane May 15, 2011 at 8:12 am

That is so beautiful and so thoughtful!! A lovely gesture from a lovely boy.

I was so surprised to see your lovely face staring at me as I read the paper yesterday. Such an honest piece. xxx


Lynda Halliger-Otvos May 15, 2011 at 5:28 am

Incredible where the urges to help come from, isn’t it ?~! What a loving gesture by James-may I thank him and the parents and village who are raising him for his specialness….

Just found you last night and read the story following your provided links. There aren’t words available to me to express my sympathy and I hope that you can understand what I mean.


Fox in the City May 15, 2011 at 1:44 am

Oh my goodness, that little James brought tears to my eyes! What a wonderfully sweet little man.


Katie May 14, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Children have the most beautiful, thoughtful souls.
That is a wonderful sentiment.


Karla May 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Oh gosh. That beautiful little deed has me crying. How lovely some people are xo


Hear Mum Roar May 14, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Bottom lip is wobbling! How adorable!


mishaps and mayhem of a gluten free life May 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm

That's truely priceless Lori!


Squiggly Rainbow May 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Beautiful, just love how kindness happens. xo


Kellie May 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I wish kids could stay this innocent and pure forever. Well done little guy, you've brought smiles to many x


phonakins May 14, 2011 at 9:52 pm

ahh out of the mouths of babes, hey?


Donna May 14, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Wow, that just takes my breath away; this 6 year old is going to grow into one helluva great man.

There really are so many people who dont know you personally, but care so much and wish you so well on this rocky path. I hope somehow all of us have in some small way made you feel a little hope, a little lighter i such a terrible time x


Melissa May 14, 2011 at 9:50 pm

wow – so sweet :) you have touched so many people – hearts ache for you everywhere – I can only imagine how that little box of love made you feel – a little bit of sweetness can be magic :)


Firball May 14, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Oh Lori, I've been following you since what you call 'before' and this is such a beautiful post. There are some lovely souls in the world- and as he has touched you, you have touched us. So for that, thank you.


Photographer Mum May 14, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I love the way children are just so genuine and pure with the things they do for others. What a wonderful gift


Yeran May 14, 2011 at 8:38 pm

That is a priceless gift!


Aspiring Millionaire May 14, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Oh, that bought tears to my eyes. How gorgeous of him.

And how wonderful for you all the support when you need it most. :)


Miss Pink May 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Oh gosh. What a very special little boy there sending you lots of love.


Salamander May 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm

It's kids like James who give you hope that one day, the world will be alright again. I just read your article in the Adelaide newspaper. It felt strange, reading your story after following you since Before. I felt very protective of you. I hope You are doing ok, today. And I hope that James' bracelet is on your wrist xxxxxx


Amy xxoo May 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Aww – bless the sweet little fella! Thats the kind of conscientous young person i hope that im teacher my small dude to be…


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