Day 1 of the Touch with Good story challenge

One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to get involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision.

Needless to say, sometimes our professional relations grow into genuine friendships and we keep in touch much longer after the project has been completed.

Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her project Touch with Good/ kindness (originally in Bulgarian: Докосни с добро). The project is dedicated to sharing the stories of genuine acts of kindness we have experienced from other people, and thus inspiring for MORE kindness in the world and making it a better place.

She got inspiration from the wisdom:

When you do kindness, keep silent. When you receive kindness — tell everyone.

The point is we tend to remember and tell our own acts of kindness rather than the acts of kindness we receive. Or too often do we take them for granted.

With the new year 2018, Katya started a viral challenge to share such stories 20 days in a row, and somehow… I got “infected”.

So here is my day 1 of the Touch with Good challenge.

The Kids and the Christmas Coins

My cousins and I have grown up together like sisters. Since we were kids, we have been particularly in love with Christmas Eve. In Bulgaria, we have a tradition of having a dinner with 3, 7 or 9 meatless meals, or what modern nutrition experts would define as vegan. That would include a festive bread with a coin in it. The oldest woman in the house (in our case grandma) would break the bread and distribute the pieces to everyone. The one who has the coin in their piece would be the most wealthy, healthy and lucky in the next year.

However, since we were 3 kids in the house, our bread would have 3 coins, thus increasing our chances of getting a coin. In some magical way, grandma always managed to share the bread in such a way, that the coins would come to each child. I have no memories if any of the grown-ups had a coin in their piece, but for us, the kids, there was always one.

One Christmas eve my elder cousin found… Two coins in her piece! One of them was shiny and polished, and the other one was “yucky” — all stuck in batter.

Several years later, when we were already old enough, we were revealed the secret — while breaking the bread each of our pieces was “seeded” with a coin so that all of us could be happy. The “yucky” coin stuck with batter was, in fact, the real one — the one stuck in the bread before baking.And the more batter on the coin, the more abundant the year would be.

With the revealing of the secret, we had the practice changed to fair rules — the bread would now have only 1 coin. Ironically, it would now regularly go to grandma’s piece. But this time it was without cheating.

Now when we have young kids in our family once more, they are also particularly lucky. Even last year the older bro found two coins in his piece.

Although grandma is gone. The wheel is spinning…

I haven’t found a coin in my piece since I was a kid. But there is time — some time or other I will become a grandma too 😉

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