Monday, December 29, 2008

These Kids Know



I was downloading all of our Christmas pictures from our camera onto our computer and came across some pictures we took of our little girl the last time we were up at the hospital. I know this picture isn't very clear, but it is the only one that I had that didn't show this little boys face. I didn't get permission to put pictures of this little boy on my blog so I didn't want his face to be showing.
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.

11 comments:

Doug and Carol Ann said...

That is the most precious picture!! Brings tears to my eyes, and it just shows how we really don't need language to communicate, even the little babies. That is so tender. We now hope she regains her strength following this round of chemo. We love and appreciate your sharing these pictures. Love you all, Gr and Gr. R

Amy Marble said...

What a sweet picture!! Thanks for sharing. It's amazing to me how tough kids are and what great examples they are to all of us!

Janae B said...

Wow...That is a powerful blog you put on there. That would make a good story for the Ensign or Friend! As I walked in the Primar Children's the other night I realized how much we need to start being involved in places like that. If I lived closer I would go in and relieve parents who are in those situations. I remember when Carol Ann use to go in and hold our neighbors baby when she was born premature and they needed people to hold her. That is so precious.

mich said...

okay i finally had a min to read your last entries. Oh Sara, i got teary eyed. I am glad your keeping this journal so someday your babe can read how tough everyone in your family was for her, and her. I am glad you got the Zofran. I had to take that when I was prego with Sophia so I know how important that was for you. i am glad that you were home for christmas, I hope it was more relaxing than your last few crazy days. Oh and that top pict. I love. it brought tears to my eyes. That is great that they have kids to relate to, even if they are so little , they know. Hope you have a great new year!

Jensen fam said...

I love all of the neat experiences you are having. All of us can learn from them. Your family will be a blessing to all who know and are willing to learn from you! Thank you for that! Love you! Ang

Angie said...

I got chills reading that!!!! I am sure Spirit to Spirit, they are friends and are encouraging one another. Just like what you said. What a tender mercy that experience must have been.

Julie said...

As I was looking at that picture, I got a better understanding of why the Savior wants us to become like little children. If only we (grown-ups) could have the same perspective as these precious little ones. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could go up to one another without knowing their circumstances, without judgement, and be able to embrace and be a support like Alyssa and this little boy! The lessons we can learn from our little ones! That is just a very touching picture!
Love,
Julie

Emily said...

Wow. That is so amazing that they would feel that connection even if they can't talk.

I'm glad that you were able to get your meds. Stress can make anyone crazy and I think you guys handled it very well.

Love
Emily

jbbastian said...

That story & picture bring tears to my eyes. I know how those two little ones feel as I too had a great friend who understood the challenges of illness that no one else truly understands unless they have been there themselves. I'm so glad the kids can find comfort in eachother. Unspoken words are the strongest! Keep your heads high. You are so positive and strong and will learn so much from this journey.
As always - you are in our prayers!

Tara said...

That is so cute! Those little spirits are amazing! We pray you all had an amazing Christmas and a happy new year! Love you all!

jolene said...

God Bless the Children. Our Jacob Stock is getting close to having his last treatment. He too has a close bond with the other cancer children when he has his treatments. He got to play Santa Claus and pass out Santa hats to all the kids and a reindeer treat bag when they got done with their chemo. I guess there is a white lining even in dark clouds. I wish he could have given your see little girl a hat. Sorry, he lives in the wrong city. Best wishes along your journey. Much love. Jolene Ottley