Sunday, February 17, 2013
My daughter has taught kindergarten for almsot 30 years and loves "her" kids as any good teacher does.
She has been following the frightening journey of one of her little girls, 6-year-old Millie, who had horrible headaches, so bad that she would pass out and/or vomit.
Turns out to be a large brain tumor. They did remove the tumor, and although it turned out to be benign, that little girl still has headaches (though not as bad, and they are anticipated to eventually dissipate), she is now re-learning to WALK, and has no use of her right hand at all. She begins therapy for that this week.
And so today I was feeling lazy, unmotivated and a bit bored...for no real reason. Then my 6 year old Hannah visited for a bit, and I suddenly thought of little Millie..and her mom and dad, her brother, her grandparents and all who love her (including her teacher). My daughter was able to and visit Millie today, and I'm sure Millie loved it (because kindergarten children mostly adore their teachers). She took her a bunch of hand-made cards from her little classmates, and was going to try to do some evaluating of things Millie may have retained from school...or lost.
And when my granddaughter left, I got down on my knees and counted my blessings. So many of them. And I prayed for all the little Millies and their families who would give anything for a lazy, unmotivated kind of boring day.
I'm thankful that there ARE things in my life I can control...not the least of which is eating right and exercising and gaining strength and health back. Millie had no choices to make. I do.