Dean Harries

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Showing appreciation is important

A little story about my very eventful month and how I like to show appreciation

Published 17/05/22 06:00 PM

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Written by Dean Harries

Everyone does things differently, and I'm not here to tell you what to do. It's not my place. I'm here to simply share my stories about my different experiences relating to kindness, and how I see the world.

Poor Mr Lou

Late last month, I woke up to feed my boy Mr Lou (cat) and immediately noticed quite a large lump on his neck - I didn't know at the time, but it was an abscess. I hadn't seen this before, so I rushed him to the VET the next day and they were absolutely perfect; kept my worries down and fixed Mr Lou within an hour.

Mr Lou

A week later

Mr Lou is all better and it's time to say thank you properly. Normally, when people go above and beyond, I like to show a personal thank you. But all of a sudden I was unable to work, sleep or do anything.

Excruciating Pain

It started off as feeling like a small pinch. Then it grew quickly into intense pain, to the point where I couldn't sleep. My tooth was causing me so much pain. I wasn't sure what was happening, so I raced to the first dentist who could take me.

They explained it was a tooth that had caused similar issues a few years ago and had to go. They didn't have time and unfortunately sent me on my way. I went to the doctors and all they could do was prescribe pain killers.

5 days later, still in agonizing pain and unable to sleep. One of the 8 dentists I had booked in for an emergency call back, called me back. I went in that afternoon, and the tooth was gone.

Sweet things

I love cakes, slices, chocolate, caramel, if it's sweet - I love it. So in a goofy way, when I show appreciation, I like to show it with sweet things.

Everyone who looked after Mr Lou and I was extremely kind and I appreciated it a lot.

Showing my appreciation

I made personalized cards, to show that the thank you came from the heart. Bagged up as many Freddo frogs as I could and went to the VETs, Doctors and Dentists to say a personal thank you and give them a sweety treaty.

It doesn't take a a lot, and I believe it's important to show appreciation to those who are kind to us.

A huge thank you to everyone at and the artists who give people free access to beautiful images.

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