Monday, December 29, 2008
These Kids Know
We had been sitting in our room when we heard a knock on our door. My husband answered the door and told me to bring our daughter to the door because she had a visitor. When I set her down she saw the little boy standing at the door and went running up to him and they both immediately gave each other a big hug. I just watched thinking they must know that the other is going through the same things. They aren't even old enough to speak to each other and yet they know what the other is going through and can still communicate comfort and love to one another. It was really quite touching to watch. They stayed in the door way for awhile playing catch with one another and then one of the nurses brought us a gymnastics mat for the two of them to run around and play on. The other little boys mother was gone and the nurses were watching him while he received a blood transfusion. They thought he might like to see another little person his size. It made me so grateful for my husband and his work that is so willing to let him be at the hospital with us. I don't know how parents do it when they are the only one with their sick child (at least at our babies age it would be nearly impossible). She demands so much time while we are there, that it is physically, emotionally and mentally draining. It is is so wonderful to have another person there to pass the responsibility back and forth with. Our daughter seems to always be drawn to the other cancer patients. They all have a special bond that exists regardless of cancer type, age, gender or progression of cancer. These are very special children who have the abiblity to comfort one another in way only they can.