My sister’s friends sent me their sons’ old clothing through my sister. I don’t know these women and have never interacted with them, so it was truly because of their relationships with my sister (and possibly a desire to clean out their sons’ closets) that they offered to clothe Baby C.
As my son outgrows his clothes, I box them up (or bag them) and give them to my friend Jen, whose son is six months younger than mine. She also receives hand-me-downs from another friend. Well, now that Baby E is outgrowing clothes, Jen has sorted through his clothing and sent to her cousin in California all the new clothes her mother bought. All the hand-me-downs – orginally from Baby C or not – she returned to me this weekend.
I’ll be home in California at the end of the month, and it’s a given that I will see most (if not all) of my childhood girlfriends. One happens to have a 6-week-old boy (Baby D), and I’m happily going to give her a healthy supply of baby clothing for him. No newborn stuff, though – he’s now in 3-month attire. (No surprise – I’m telling those who ask what size clothing I need for Baby C to get him things in the 18-24 month range.)
So, among my other chores tonight, I plan on packing for my trip to LA-la-land and sorting through the returned baby clothes as I do so. I’m sure I’ll encounter quite a few memorable outfits that I’ll want to keep for posterity (or a second child), but my main purpose will be to help clothe Baby D.
It’s not every day you have a chance to pay a kindness forward. Even more rare is the opportunity to do it twice!