Unexpected LoveBomb

Ham and Egg English Muffin

Last week, I was home with Little Man.  I got a call from Miss Preschool.  She was my daughter’s preschool teacher over 4 years ago.  The preschool is in a church up the street.  Miss Preschool began to tell me about a problem she was having and she didn’t know what to do.  “Kristin, there are these two young people sleeping outside the doorway to the preschool.  They were here yesterday.  The church wants me to call the police and have them arrested.  But, I just don’t feel right about it.  You came to mind.”  I asked Miss Preschool a couple of questions and gave her some suggestions, it was then I heard it in her voice.  Fear.  “This is so far out of my comfort zone.  I don’t know what to do,” she said.  I asked her, “Do you want me to come up there and help?”  I heard a sigh of relief.  “Would you?”

egg and ham

I quickly turned on the cast iron skillet and cooked up some eggs and ham.  I toasted a couple of English muffins and made sandwiches.  I loaded Little Man in the car.  When I got there, the couple was still asleep under their blankets.  They had a stroller loaded with all their possessions.  I went in to get Miss Preschool and drop Little Man off to play with the kids.  We went outside.  “Good morning!” I said.  “I have a hot breakfast for you!  Time to get up.”  I heard the couple mumble under their blankets, “Really?”  “Yup” I said. “But, you have to get up.”  Miss Preschool and I waited for the drowsy couple to pull themselves together.  It’s kind of weird to be so close to someone’s personal space.  I mean, how many friends have you stood over when they were waking up?

They sat up.  I introduced myself and Miss Preschool and handed them their breakfast.  We sat down on the lawn and waited.  As they started to eat, I began to ask them about their story.  *Mary said they had been on the streets for a couple of months.  She had gotten in a fight with her dad because her dad didn’t like her boyfriend *Tim.  I asked if they were looking for a place to stay…had they tried the shelters?  Tim said, “They won’t let us stay together in the shelters because we’re not married.  We don’t want to be separated.” I asked them what they needed.  “How can we help you?”  I don’t think they get asked that question very often.  They just looked at me.  Then Mary spoke up, “Can I use your bathroom?”  “Sure,” I exclaimed as I hopped to my feet.

Miss Preschool was a little concerned that the church wouldn’t be happy with me inviting her in.  I said, “I’ll take the heat for this one!”  About 15 minutes later Mary emerged from the restroom looking freshly washed and changed.  I was so glad to have a few minutes with her.  You see, I’ve been working with a friend on starting transitional housing for under aged girls who want to leave the sex industry.  I’ve been receiving training and basically just having my eyes opened to the reality of how prevalent this industry is.  I was pretty sure Mary was working the streets to help (said) boyfriend.  She denied it of course, but all the signs said other wise.  I asked her what she needed.  Again, she wasn’t sure how to answer.  “Do you need clothes? Shampoo? A clean towel?”  She slowly began to roll off a list.  I gave her my number and told her to give me some time to pull it all together.

Miss Preschool and I walked her to the door.  I let Tim and Mary know that even though I understood they needed a place to sleep, they couldn’t sleep in front of the preschool.  We said our goodbyes.

I went inside with Miss Preschool and she began to cry.  “This just breaks my heart,” she said.  “But, Kristin, you made it look so easy, so natural.”

It doesn’t take much to make someone feel special, even for a moment.  I can’t solve their problems.  They really didn’t want to change their circumstances.  But, for a moment, they received a hot meal (not peanut butter and jelly), I asked them about themselves and what they need.  For a moment, they were treated with dignity and shown a little love.  Have you ever LoveBombed someone?  Would you?

*Names have been changed.

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  1. crying reading this story. you are a treasure kristin!

  2. I love this.

    I do lovebomb people and other people think I’m nuts…but I just want to. I don’t ask myself if someone “deserves” kindness, a meal, or even my spare change. I just do it. I’m not tooting my own horn, I guess I just think that’s what we’re supposed to do…to love in whatever small way we can, just like Mother Theresa said.

    “we can do no great things, just small things with great love.”

    She was smart. 🙂

  3. Thanks Nicole!
    Heather, we couldn’t agree more!

  4. Kristin, you touch people’s lives. That is a great gift. Reading this made me think of something I read about Archbishop Border – according to a piece in the Sun, he chose as his motto “I will listen that I may serve”.

    Listening to people is powerful. Thank you for listening when most people, myself included, only hear.

  5. What a fabulous story. You are a generous, empathetic, wonderful human being. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. I am so drawn to this! I don’t know why but do know I will being implementing soon!!! Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

  7. Vernona Joe says:

    Bomb away, Missy, Bomb away!

  8. Thank you for sharing on how simple it can be. Step out. God is Love.

  9. Kristin … I try to lovebomb people as often as I can. And often in similar situations as yours. (My husband is a pastor ~ lots of opportunities fall in my lap).

    Thanks for showing love in such a real way…and for Loving them like their Father does!

    Have a great day, my friend!

  10. Kristin, thank you for sharing this story. I admire your ability to touch the lives of others. You are truly an inspiration!

  11. Oh, this is beautiful beautiful. When I first saw the post, my eyes went right to the food–which is amazing-looking. Then, as I read your words, my heart just ate them up. Your kindness to the couple has really touched me today. Inspired me, and touched me. I’d like to link to your story sometime soon…maybe Friday or Saturday? Oh, if we’d all just treat each other with kindness and dignity, what a world we would have!

    Thank you, thank you for your words today–and your ACTIONS that day in particular.

  12. You’re a saint and a remarkable woman! This was very very kind. Thanks so much for sharing your story and your eggs!

  13. Thank you for reminding me that I used to do this:love on people in need. You made me question how have I showed my boys how to put love into action? On the way home from school today, we saw a man with a “Hungry, Anything Helps” sign. We went to get him some food and drink, and brought it back to him. It spurred on a great conversation with my son who is five. Thank you!

  14. great story. we have a lot of people without homes in our city and this Christmas my family and I made some homemade Christmas cards and made hot chocolate and put together some sandwiches and went and “lovebombed” them. Several of them had tears in their eyes and said they haven’t received a card in years. I think it blessed me more than it did them. Even small acts of kindness can make a difference. Just to let people know they are on our minds. It’s important.

  15. Oh, Kristin – this is such a great example of serving even when it might not seem easy. What I especially love is that Ms. Preschool, though she was fearful how to handle the situation, took it upon herself to contact you. It could’ve been dealt with in many different ways, but your heart obviously is apparent to others. That’s what I love about you, Chris Ann & Lovefeast – it’s about loving on people and inviting them, welcoming them, listening to them and indeed – blessing them. Keep bombing away! We will follow your lead.

  16. Grace. Dignity. Humility. These words describe you and your wonderful humanity. Love this story and your spirit. Love Bomb. Now THAT’S a concept that should spread the Earth like wildfire. Thank you.

  17. I finished my post about your blog. I hope I sent many people your way tonight!

  18. Thank you all for your kind words. But, just for the record, I’m not a saint…just a mama who believes that even the smallest act of love can have an explosive effect!
    LoveBombing is so easy and that’s what Chris Ann and I hope you take away with you! You don’t have to be a Mother Theresa or a Ghandi to love…you just have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone…even if you can only muster putting a big toe outside the line! You’ll be surprised how effective even that small gesture can be!
    Thanks for joining us at the Table!
    ~kristin

  19. Wow. That just moved me to tears. Not sure that I’ve ever heard the term LoveBomb, but I like it. Thanks for the major dose of inspiration tonight!

  20. Read this post with great interest and have visited the noble “lovebomb site” exceptional. Something I hope spreads throughout the world, not just our country. It gave me reason to pause as I read through it the article reminded me of our lovebombs. My children would ask me questions and we would discuss the details that were obviously rushing threw their minds. It’s good for children to witness such acts of kindness. It’s important to instill this very important humility for our fellow man. Thank you so much for posting this. Always look forward to a good read when I click into your site.
    Hugs,
    Penelope

  21. You handled the situation so well. It’s always much easier to ignore people and treat them like they’re not human,than to look them in the eye and help them.

  22. I love it! I think it disturbs me a bit that the church wanted her to call the police and not love on this couple themselves. Isn’t that what a church is supposed to do? I understand the concern about the pre-school and the kids but…still. Someone from the church should have stepped in. Way to go Miss Preschool for having the courage to call a friend!!! I work with the homeless a lot (and also work in combatting human trafficking) and absolutely love it when someone looks past the stereotypes to see the people hurting behind the situation. What a beautiful story!!! A great encouragement to me to keep doing what I do and hopefully an encouragement to someone else to step up if they’re ever faced with a similar situation.

  23. Kristin, I love that you did this. And what a great reminder to see people for who they are. Thank you for reaching out and for sharing your story. May we all follow your example when we get the opportunity.
    Kristen

  24. Kristin, you are such a sweet woman. I feel blessed just knowing you.

  25. I came across your blog page today and love it! Thanks for sharing such love….I work at a family homeless shelter in downtown Columbus, OH and it has changed my life….Our focus is on the children, however in order to help them you MUST help the parents…Please visit our web site – http://www.homelessfamiliesfoundation.org….

    I also wanted to share with you a book “A Christmas Jar” by Jason Wright…It was a great read and for Christmas gifts I give the book with a Mason Jar in hopes that others will continue on with the love….

    I have a blog page that I enjoy posting for family and friends and I will say it can be very addicting! Stop by if you have time paulandkariegallegos.blogspot.com

    Have a beautiful day!

  26. Oh my heavens to Betsy mee oH my! This is such an amazing story. I believe God puts people in our path, and we have a choice to act or not to act. To lovebomb or not to lovebomb! And if we has Him he will give us all we need to get the job done. You’re amazing! Sheila

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