By Lynn Jatania
It’s the little things that Melissa Dimock really values; little things, like three adventurous and nature-loving boys, always curious and funny and growing. Things like a great cup of fair trade coffee and a delicious homemade gingersnap on the side. Things like finding small ways to help the environment and live more naturally. You’ll find all these wonderful little things captured with great beauty over at her blog, Refashionista.
Melissa is a thoughtful, grounded mom who cares deeply about being gentle with this earth. If she can create, remake, or reuse an item, she definitely will – she wants to tread lightly in this world, and is raising her kids to do the same. She has great ideas for environmentally friendly baby care, tons of easy and delicious recipes for dishes to make at home, and lush photos of her wild and brilliant flower gardens. Her caring, crafty, and resourceful nature comes across in every post.
She has lots to say about parenting, too. There are charming stories of her boys – after a few reads, you’ll feel like you know them yourself. There are moving posts about her delight at being a mom – and her sadness at a recent pregnancy loss. You’ll find great book suggestions – both adult fiction (check out her Books Read lists from previous years for helpful one-line reviews) and fun titles for boys of all ages. Lastly, there are intelligent, kind, and gracious thoughts on how to be a good person in this world – with discussion of some examples on both sides of the coin.
Melissa can often be found on Twitter too (@refashionista) – she even live-tweeted the home birth of her youngest son.
Be sure to find her online one way or another – you’ll feel a little warmer and a little sweeter just for having met her.
We natter on endlessly about how life is all about the little moments, the small things, those fleeting moments of kindness, but beyond the triteness how many of us pause to put those ideas into action?
On a particularly bad day, a nameless someone did a drop and dash at my door:
It was exactly what I needed to hear at that moment, because you start doubting your worth when you feel like the Universe is conspiring against you. That this person had no personal insight into what was going on in my life made it that much more touching. I won’t lie — this reduced me to a blubbering mess of tears — but the timing could not have been more perfect.
Like ripples on a pond, the kindness you extend someone has the potential to go on and on and on, touching others, making an impact, brightening a day, changing one’s outlook. Kindness is cheap and kindness is easy — so easy — and all it takes is a moment to open a door, to give that compliment, to thank someone, to pay it forward when someone pays consideration to you.
I will be paying this forward. In my experience, kindness begets kindness. It’s a snowball effect. No act of kindness is too small to be worthwhile.
Interested in checking out some of the other great Ottawa parenting blogs that have caught our eye? They’re all listed right here.