Ana had a really good day today. School was closed for Columbus Day, but her 6th grade math and science teacher came over and reviewed some stuff with her, and set her up for self-study for the rest of the week. Then she spent some time with Jim and I (we all had lunch together – Emily was at a friend’s house).
Then Aunt Amy (Jim’s sister), Stefan and the cousins came over. It was so nice to see all four cousins together again (outside of the hospital!) We had pizza and hung out. Amy and Ana helped me fold laundry.
When everyone left, Ana turned to me and said, “Today was a really nice day.” I said, “Just like old times, right?” And Ana thought about that for a minute and said, “Not really, but that’s okay. It doesn’t have to be like old times. It’s just nice that it was a good day.”
Wow. I mean, I am so proud of her, and that’s just ridiculously ironic because I hate that she is going through this. But her strength astounds me. Her ability to adjust, process and persevere is incredible. It’s a hard lesson learned – the strength of my daughter. And it’s not the only lesson I’m learning.
I thought I was pretty generous before Ana got sick, but now that my family is the recipient of so much from so many, I realize I was wrong. I said as much to my friend Janna whose son Max and his friend Pascal (both 6th graders in Ana’s class) spearheaded the idea of the 6th grade coffee shop to raise money for Ana. I know that Shawn, Pascal’s mother, is doing some crazy organizing to make that happen and that Janna gets all three of her boys out the door and to the school ridiculously early so that she can stand there and serve coffee, hot chocolate and treats (baked and donated by other parents) all of which amounted to over $800 in cash which, I will tell you right now, is going towards paying for a human hair wig for Ana.
So…big lessons learned. My faith in humanity is restored – or, at least, bolstered quite a bit. And I promise you this – somehow I am going to pay it forward. Oops. This turned into another thank you post ( I told you there would be more coming.)