When someone you cherished now celebrates their birthdays in Heaven, it may leave you feeling lonely. But, there are still ways you can celebrate your loved ones as this mother did.
An Indiana woman is spreading kindness in honor of her late son’s birthday and is encouraging others to pay it forward. She lost her son 5 years ago and recently paid for the birthday cake of Carolyn Mick’s son at a Plainfield Kroger grocery store on Sunday in an act of kindness.
She also left Mick a note, which was later shared in the Town of Plainfield Chatter Facebook group. “Today is my son’s 35th birthday, his 5th one in heaven,” the note reads. “In his memory, I’ve paid for your cake. Please enjoy, make special memories and hug your children and loved ones tight. My son loved cake!”
The note was signed, “Toni, Tyler’s mom.” Mick expressed her gratitude after sharing the note on social media and said that she and her husband were “moved” by Toni’s act.
“Dear Toni.. you know who you are and I want to express how moved I am,” she wrote in the Facebook post. “This means so much that my husband and I cried together. With the turmoil of things going on, it reminds us of what really matters: LIFE!”
Mick added in a statement:
“The reason it meant a lot was that I just lost my mother and was pondering on how to celebrate her birthday coming up in June. Never thought about paying for a cake. We have it in us to be kind and supportive of others. You never know what a simple cake can mean to someone else.”
Many Facebook users commented and praised Toni for her kind act and some even revealed that they knew Toni and her son Tyler personally.
“This moved me so much, and so happy to see it was my local Kroger!” wrote one user. “It’s nice to see people reaching out (even anonymously) to support each other during those sad times.”
“This is beautiful and a wonderful way to honor someone. Thanks, Toni! Now everyone is cherishing your son today,” commented someone else.