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Widow's Wish Fulfilled After Leaving a Single Rose and Heartbreaking Note on Lakeside Gate

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Kindness. It’s a simple word, but one that holds so much meaning. It’s not so much about what you say or do, either.

What it really comes down to is how your kind actions or words affect another. Because that’s what kindness is all about, right?

Kindness is about the other person. It was Maya Angelou who said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

This is so true. Our actions and words hold meaning. Exact details may not stick with us forever, but what will always remain are the feelings and emotions associated with those memories.

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There was quite a bit of emotion behind an anonymous note that was left on a gate near a lake in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, recently.

The handwritten note was accompanied by a single rose, which is quite reminiscent of “Beauty and the Beast,” I must say.

But this rose held no enchantment. It was simply a token meant to pay tribute to the writer’s late husband, whose ashes, the note says, were in that very lake.

Someone from Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School Rowing club posted a photo of the long-stemmed red rose and note on Twitter.

“Please can someone throw this into the lake for me?” the note’s simple request reads. “My late husband’s ashes are in the lake and I can’t get to the lakeside in my wheelchair anymore.”

Because the gates were locked and the sender needed to head north, she wasn’t able to wait to throw the rose in herself.

Thankfully, a good Samaritan from BVGS Rowing discovered the note and not only tossed the rose in for the widow, but also snapped a photo of the rose floating on the lake.

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“I hope that this woman knows that her message went viral,” one commenter noted. I hope so too. I’ll bet it would touch her to know and see that her husband’s rose made it to its destination.

Not-so-coincidentally enough, BVGS Rowing tweeted something about kindness about a week prior to the rose story.

“Another full day of rowing as usual but worth stopping for a second to recognise (sic) world mental health day, remember to look after each other, talk, and be kind,” the tweet says. How very appropriate. BVGS Rowing certainly looked after the woman who left the rose and note.

A small gesture and one that probably took just a few moments, but the impact of actions like these last so much longer.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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English
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