Monday, July 27, 2009
My new friend... V.
You know, life doesn't always deal a fair hand. And many times, people complain about the dumbest things... (yes, me included). Like, a group of teen aged girls complaining about new school clothes, or about brand named this or that. Or someone getting mad because you didn't return a phone call "right away". Or me last week, furious that my credit card company - whom I've never, ever been late with, decided to cancel me due to our poor economy... all trivial in the grand scheme of things. Recently, I met a little guy who really touched my heart. He is the nephew to a very good friend, and we paid a visit to him in the hospital. He is 17 years old and has had a hard life, medically. His mother contracted a viral infection when she was pregnant, which led to the condition in which he was born with. (I'm unfamiliar with the name of the disease). But, his outlook on everything was amazing. First, we walked into his hospital room un-announced. He wasn't bothered at all - even happy to see us. Out of our group, he only knew two of our 8. When asked how he was doing he said "I'm doing alright, hoping to go home tomorrow, how's Vivian?". (Vivian is an older, distant relative to him who was also in the hospital in another state). He was truly concerned about her, despite the fact that he was also in the hospital. Just talking to him made me appreciate so much. You had to be there. This little guy, 17 years old, who has an incurable condition, yet was so positive and full of life. HE touched my heart. I did find out that he will be released from the hospital tomorrow, which he informed his aunt "Thank goodness! I'm scheduled to work on Wednesday". Wow. First, stop and say a prayer for this friend. 2nd, hug your children, tell them you love them, and that when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade - clothes, the color of a car, shoes - are not that important. I am thankful that my daughter was able to meet him - he touched her heart, too. (And while I did take a photo, I'm not posting due to keeping him confidential... but if you could only see how incredibly adorable he was!! He had the whole package... looks and personality!) Get well soon, V!