From an early age, Catherine knew the meaning of kindness.

Catherine lived an authentic life where she was always herself, no matter what.

"When I am old and frail I want to look back at my life nad think about the good I did for others and the people I touched."
​  Cat Malatesta

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​Random Acts of CAT-ness

To continue the celebration of Catherine's life at the two year anniversary of her tragic and untimely death we ask everyone to stop or slow down, take a deep breath, taste the air, acknowledge life's bounty and perform a random act of kindness in Catherine's memory.  In a world full of strife and division where instability reins and there is so much suffering, let's try to chart a course for kindness and extend Catherine's ripples.  Catherine's innate kindness left a lasting impression on so many.  For months after her death we received many stories of her willingness to share kindness with friends and strangers.  She felt strongly that life was better when kindness prevailed and she wasn't afraid to act as the conduit of that kindness.  Even when she was so sick, Catherine was comforting others.  Let's do our best to share that wonderful quality with strangers.  On Wednesday, August 2nd, let's perform RANDOM ACTS OF CAT-NESS.  Let's leave the world a little kinder and a little more special from that day forward!​  Who knows, maybe those acts will stick, suffering will be lessened and an angel will be beaming!!
The idea is that these random acts can occur all over the world on or around August 2nd.  No matter where you are, you can print out the card above and leave it or hand it to the recipient of your random act of Cat-ness (or, if you are in Arlington, you can pick up some of these cards at The Malatestas).  Or, you can simply perform your act of kindess on that day, or any day, or every day, in Cat's memory.

Random acts of CAT-ness can be monetary in nature:

1) treat someone to a cup of coffee in line
2) pay the toll of the car in back of you
3) tip the gas station attendant
4) addan extra tip for your server
5) make a donation to a worthy cause (see donation page for ideas)
6) bake cookies, muffins, cakes for someone just because
7) send someone flowers
8) add change to someone's parking meter
9) leaving quarters at the laundromat for the homeless

We are hoping that most of the random acts of Cat-ness will be non-monetary and wildly creative.  Some suggestions:

1) pay someone a sincere compliment  (this was one of Catherine's greatest qualities)
2) write a thank you note
3) smile at someone
4) give a back massage
5) give a foot massage
6) hold the door for the person behind you
7) allow someone to go first
8) call someone (actually pick up the phone and dial a number)
9) dedicate a song to someone
10) plant a flower at a grave
11) tell someone you love them
12) give a hug (5 seconds or longer if you dare)
13) take out a neighbor's trash
14) pick up a piece of trash
15) listen without interrupting
16) donate something you no longer need

​We would love to hear back from people as to how their random acts of CAT-ness were received.  Catherine's friends at Camp Coniston plan to challenge the camp to perform these kind acts on August 2.  We look forward to hearing the results!