This fall I was lucky to take a three week trip to Italy! My biggest worry was my 87 year old mom being on her own that long. (I call her several times a day, stop in a few times a week, and know she likes the contact). While at O’Hare, I posted this request in Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PatTaskerShorewest/posts/10210551186035331. I asked friends and family that if I’d ever sent them a note or did something nice for them, that they’d pay me back and drop my mom a note. WELL…. I was paid back 100 fold! She received almost 70 cards, 5 personal visits, flowers, a fall basket and candy! Several friends who visited posted photos on Facebook so I could “see” she was doing well! One posted a video! Here is our Thank You video https://www.facebook.com/PatTaskerShorewest/posts/10210809133163848 to all who made her day and just how surprised she was by all the mail! My years of thoughtful notes to others came back to me in such a sweet payoff!!!
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