Kahealani Paradis, the oldest of 14 grandchildren, always wanted to do something special for her grandparents, who lived most of their lives on the Big Island of Hawaii without running water or electricity. She was able to pay it forward in a way that’s really unbelievable.
There’s Just Something About Her Grandparents
It’s not the first time you’ve heard about self-sacrifice and caring by parents and grandparents. Family hardships and struggles are what binds us all together. As we work hard, and work through the bad times, we’re able to survive. Kahealani’s grandparents set an example of what it means to struggle, to overcome obstacles, and also to pass on a sense of proud heritage and independence. There was something about them.
- Something remarkable.
- Something to cherish and appreciate.
Kahealani’s grandparents imbued the very best that parenting and caring represents, while encouraging a selfless and sacrificing character in everyone they cared for. They taught the lesson that it is better to give then to receive, but also that money really doesn’t matter and that money doesn’t make a successful person. Instead, it’s the values of family, sticking together, and always being there for one another that really matters no matter what the cost.
Turning Life Lessons Into a Practice of Demonstrated Gratitude
When we really see how Kahealani was raised and what her grandparents taught her, it’s really not shocking at all that she would put it all on the line to give her grandparents a better life. She didn’t have to do it, and the truth is that most of us don’t go out of their way to give our parents and grandparents a better life. Instead of being surprised that a woman bought her grandparents a house, why don’t we wonder why more of us don’t go out of our way to help others, care for others, and give each other a helping hand?
Kahealani cashed out her husband’s retirement funds, searched until she found and bought a house, and then she planned a lovely surprise, which must have felt something like a cross between a miracle and a dream-come-true. She turned all those life lessons her grandparents had taught her into a practice of demonstrated gratitude. Nobody asked her to do it. She wasn’t promised any rewards or returns. Most would say it was too much, beyond expectation, and even a little insane. But, she knew that words could never be enough to show how much she appreciated their lives of self-sacrifice and care. She wanted to give something that her grandparents could never afford to demonstrate just how much she loved, respected, and cherished all that they had already given her. They all experienced hardships, but they taught her not to focus on what was absent. Instead, they taught her that her family and the love they all shared was more precious than any amount of money, riches or fancy things. They proved that the cliché is true: Money really doesn’t buy happiness… but when you get right down to it, you can still find love. You can still find family, and you can really get what you need (with and for each other).
Special Delivery: This Family’s Latest Addition is a Baby Stork
Look what the Stork brought is an old-fashioned saying for welcoming a new baby. However, this time, a stork is the new addition to the family. Jan and Alicia Czesnick, who live in Poland, found their new feathered friend earlier this year. It was just a chick and had been abandoned by its parents as the weakest of the flock.
Storks and Their Chicks
Storks are interesting creatures. Unlike most birds, they care for their chicks long after they are able to fly on their own. However, they are also known to kill their children if they can’t find enough resources for the entire brood. Luckily, the Czesnicks happened upon the stork and saved it from a cruel fate.
Baby Stork Adopted by Human Parents
Jan and Alicia fell in love with the chick and brought it home, knowing it wouldn’t survive on its own. Now it’s living a life of leisure. It’s diet consists of chicken and fish, and when it can reach it, hair. It’s perfectly at home in the backyard, and Alicia gives it regular bird baths.
Stork Facts and Traditions
Storks have been associated with babies since Greek times, when it was thought that they would steal babies. In many cultures, Storks are a symbol of marriage, fertility, and commitment, likely because they usually have the same mate and nest each year. In Egyptian Mythology, the stork was thought to carry the soul. When the stork appeared, the soul was restored into a body in the form of a child.
Stork migrations last for 9 months, approximately the same time as human gestation. Storks return from their yearly migration in March and April. Babies born at this time will have been conceived close to the Summer Solstice. In pagan times, lots of babies were made during this period because it was seen as a time of marriage and fertility.
The increase of births around the time of the stork’s yearly arrival in Europe, combined with earlier associations of the stork relating to marriage and fertility is likely where the idea that ”the stork brought the baby” comes from.
The Name Game
There is one dark cloud hanging over the family. What to name the stork? Alicia wants to keep it simple and name it Friday, which is the day they found him. Jan wants a strong name. He wants to name him Krzysztof Piątek, after a soccer player who plays for the Poland national team and Italian club Milan.
The couple expects the new addition to leave their nest in favor of migration eventually, but plan to keep him throughout the winter months.
For now, the Czesnicks and the stork both appear to be very happy with their living arrangement. They say that they enjoy the time they have with him, and he seems to view them as his parents, adoptive or not.
Orphaned Baby Elephant Forges Unlikely Friendship That Will Melt Your Heart
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