Be Kind

Francie Khalaf by Francie Khalaf Additional Needs

Francie Khalaf

Francie Khalaf

I am a wife and mother of two children with cerebral palsy. I believe in making lemonade out of lemons

One of my favorite celebrities gives the best advice at the end of their show, yes “spay and neuter your pets” is important (thanks Bob Barker) but more importantly Ellen Degeneres says “Be kind to one another”.

These are words I try to live by.

I think I have always been this way however; I am much more empathetic and aware after going through the NICU experience with my twins. There is something about facing death and watching miracles that changes a person.

Thankfully you don’t have to face death in order to choose kindness. We are all unique passengers on this train of life. We all have unique experience and feelings. There are always two sides and feelings involved in each story. It isn’t always easy but trying to understand each side is the root of kindness. We can’t possibly look at someone and see the underlying pain or feelings they are carrying.

Now more than ever we need kindness in this world.

Neighbors helping neighbors and friends supporting friends. We have had friends and neighbors go grocery shopping for us, bring us coffee and routinely check in since this pandemic started. We are working hard to do the same. 

When we do have to get out, we reach out to neighbors and ask if they need anything. We offer coffee if we are at a coffee shop. I have been supportive in the ways that I can. I wish that I could do more but with a child and nurse that are immune compromised my most important job is keeping them safe.

I hope that during this time society becomes more humble, realize what is important, slow down and cherish family time.

Stay Healthy Everyone!


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