I couldn’t possibly not share this conversation with my nine year old this morning…
Him: “Mom, it’s really cool that you help people all around the world with cancer.
In your business, do you cure cancer too?”
Me: Damn, I wish I could. “No, but I encourage people to enjoy their lives whether they have cancer or not.”
Him: “Like doing things they’ve always wanted to do?”
Me: “Yes, but not so much big things, like climbing mountains, more like little things.”
Him: “Like going fishing with a friend.”
Me: “Like that.”
Him: Thinking…. “You know, it might be getting a little boring just writing about your life, and your grandparents.” (by which he means his grandparents)
Me: “Oh, hmm. What should I write about instead?
Him: “Bald cancer.”
Me: You see why I love this kid. “Ah. You know, that’s not a different kind of cancer, it’s the medicine to treat the cancer that makes your hair fall out. But it comes back after a while.”
Him: ”They need a new kind of medicine.”
Me: “Yes, they do.
Him: Thinking….“Write about how all the grandparents and Uncle Rich came in to all stay at our house together for daddy’s graduation, even though Grandma Crystal and Grandpa Bob aren’t still married, and how we had a really good time together.”
Me: “Isn’t that still writing about grandparents?”
Him: “It’s writing about family. We’re all in it together.”
I couldn’t possibly add more wisdom.
Have a wonderful, wonderful day, and find a way to bring your own hodgepodge of a family together.