When do you just follow your gut and reach out to a stranger?
Some time ago now, I was sent an invitation via Facebook Messenger to be part of a Mealtrain.
The Mealtrain concept is simple ingenious – the co-ordinator sets it all up online – once they’ve chatted with the person needing help with meals.
They share the link online with family and friends and BOOM -meals come flying through the door on the days and times requested.
Most of the time these meals come from people you already know.
It’s a wonderful way of supporting a new Mommy, people who are recovering from illness or those for whom cooking right now is just too hard.
In my story – this was a mealtrain organised by a friend for someone I didn’t know at all.
I had a look at the details of the recipient and saw the lady concerned lived just down the road from me.
At this stage, she was a complete stranger to me -and I was a complete stranger to her.
So, I did this to a stranger.
I went through my hand made cards -because I have a reasonable stash of them.
Finding the card that was the best suited for introducing myself -I wrote a brief message inside the card saying hi and other words of encouragement to her.
I then drove past her house and popped the card into her mailbox on the street.
I had included my contact details -just in case she wanted to reply.
And she did!
It was the beginning of a wonderful new friendship.
We journeyed together over many Mealtrain deliveries and many, many more handmade cards.
I chose her cards with even more care and thought for my new friend.
We have now been friends for many, many months -in fact I would say it’s perhaps almost 2 years.
So, if I was given an opportunity to do it all over again, would I?
My answer would be a resounding YES.
I would do this to a stranger again and again.
Friendships have also grown between strangers attending my regular card classes and retreats.
Until next time!