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My children looked out the front window as I prepared dinner Wednesday evening. They saw my neighbor’s sister decorating her front hedges with colorful plastic eggs for Easter. She also hung eggs from a tree in front of the property lining the sidewalk.

With the weather finally nice, I told the kiddos that they could go out and talk with Mary. They did.

Next thing I knew, Amber came happily hopping into the house declaring that the tree lining our sidewalk now had colorful eggs dangling from it.

How sweet, I thought. Mary kindly offered to help the children add a little Easter to our property. I plan to add more Easter decor to it this weekend, but this was a pleasant start to it. It was also unexpected, but not surprising from my kind-hearted neighbors.

Sometimes kindness happens in the moment, as California photographer Lindsey Villatoro realized when she decided to make a terminal father’s dream of walking his young daughter down the aisle a reality — and a memory — for the young girl and her mother.

According to an article on Yahoo news, Villatoro snapped family portraits of Jim Zetz, 62, who has advanced pancreatic cancer, his wife, Grace and their daughter, Josie, 11. Walking past a rack of white dresses in the girls’ section at a department store, it occurred to Villatoro that Jim would never have the honor of escorting his daughter down the aisle when she married.

Villatoro approached the man’s wife about staging a wedding in which Jim and Josie would be pronounced “daddy and daughter.” The woman loved it.

In a three-day span, Villatoro summoned a pastor, a stylist for hair and makeup, a cake, caterers, a designer dress and a vintage set via donations. Even a gift table surfaced for Josie.

The ceremony went off without a hitch, and according to the article, Josie claimed it was “the best day of her life.”

The article notes that Villatoro posted a slideshow of the cermony on Vimeo, a website for ad-free high-definition video, with a description suggesting that when given the chance to change someone’s life for the better, “You get an idea, don’t think twice and Run with it.” (sic)

She’s right. Doing something for someone else in the moment speaks volumes. Oftentimes, you might not realize how much it means to the person until after the good deed is done. It’s like adding those colorful eggs to the tree outside my house. Mary might not realize how thrilled that made my children. It touched me as well, and has motivated me to prepare for Easter with more decor. Unfortunately, I never decorated for Valentine’s Day or — gasp! — St. Patrick’s Day (one of my favorite holidays). This time, I want to add to the festive look that appears outside our front window.