In someone else's life, I mean.
Let me explain:
When I was about six years old, me, my parents and my older sister went on a holiday to France. There on a camping site we met other Dutch people who had a daughter my age. She was called Merel, just like my sister. Merel and I became very good friends. We played together all day. We especially loved to pretend we were dragons.
So yeah, she and I had a lot of fun that summer. But of course, eventually both of us had to go home and we lost contact.
Just today, my mother told me something that I never knew...
She had apparently talked to Merel's mother very often that summer. And she had found out that recently Merel and her parents suffered a great loss. Merel's little sister had died. They went on that holiday because they hoped it would take their minds off things. They especially hoped Merel would have a great time. Merel's mother told my mother how thankful she was for me. Because thanks to me Merel could forget her grief over her lost sister and just play again.
The thing is, I didn't even know this. Merel never talked about her sister, and neither did her parents. At least not to me.
Not that I mind. I was probably too young to understand anyway. But I have to say... I'm happy now. Because I suddenly realise that I have played an important role in someone's life. I helped someone forget their grief and have fun again in life, and I didn't even realise it.
I'm glad that I know it now.