For 12 years, on January 6th, we have done something as a family to remember my sister-in-law, Kristy Palizzi, who was murdered by her husband. It was her 30th birthday which means Kristy should be about to turn 42. We would have definitely had a big black over the hill party, obviously when she turned 40. Maybe we wouldn’t be in Florida? Maybe we would be back in Washington or who knows where we’d be at this point. The only thing I’m certain of, the world has been a little less friendly since she was taken. 12 years later and we are still continuing Kristy’s Kindness.
Every year, on the anniversary of her death and in remembrance of her we encourage everyone to do something kind. It doesn’t have to be massive, it doesn’t have to be impressive. It could literally be as simple as making your husband’s favorite food, or taking dinner to a new mama, or paying for the car behind you at starbucks. I’m going to issue the same challenge that I’ve been issuing now for 12 years. On January 6th, Kristy’s birthday, do something kind. Sing loudly in the car, dance crazy with your kids, be fun, be bright, be light.
Once you’ve done your goodness, your kindness. Once you’ve been the light the world so desperately needs, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll share the stories here and on my instagram of your goodness. I know Kristy would like that. It’s 12 years later but Kristy’s kindness isn’t forgotten.