I talk to my daughters all the time, however, I will be the first to admit that I am not always sure how much they understand in life. Today, Cailin taught me just how much she understands, and how even a three year old can have the most compassionate of hearts.
I use face book to keep up with my friends. I noticed a friend of mine posted a comment on a picture of a little girl who was in the hospital for some reason. The little girl looked close to the same age as Cailin. I asked my friend what was the story with the little girl. She told me that it was her friend from high school and her daughter. The daughter was just recently diagnosed with AML leukemia. My heart instantly broke. She gave me the link to a website called Caring Bridge. Sarah has her own pages on there to keep family and friends up to date. I read their story. I wanted to cry. Mom is about the same age as me, and Sarah is only 2 months older than Cailin. She has to have 8 months or so of chemo. I can’t imagine how Cailin would react if she had to spend that much time in a hospital. I don’t know how they are doing it. The great thing though, is that they have the utmost faith in God. Every journal entry seems to be praising God for bringing them this far, it doesn’t seem like they are asking why us… I sent mom an e-mail to let her know her daughters smile caught my eye on face book and that I would continue to keep them in my prayers. I asked mom what Sarah’s favorite color was and she told me green. I am going to make her a headband with different shades of green and white. Cailin saw the little girl’s picture on my computer screen and asked me who that little girl was. I told Cailin that her name was Sarah and she was the same age as Cailin. I told Cailin that Sarah was pretty sick and had to stay in the hospital to get better. I asked her if she would like to get Sarah a coloring book and crayons and we could mail them and she could play with them in the hospital. She says, “No mom, actually, I think she wants a little pet shop instead. It will make her feel lots better to play with them”. OH MY GOSH! When did my little girl get to be so sweet and caring? I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised. When my mom was out, she had a cough. Every time mom coughed, Cailin would ask “you otay ranny”
We were in Wal-Mart and I took Cailin to the little pet shop pieces and asked if she wanted to pick one out. I showed her the ones with just the single animal, and Cailin tells me that Sarah really wants the bubble bath set. Just like the bubble bath set that she had. (There is a set that has a monkey, kitty and puppy in a bath tub. The monkey has bubbles on its head. There is a vanity, toothbrush, soap, hair dryer, shampoo bottle, perfume sprayer… lots of little pieces). Cailin told me this is the best one because it had 3 different animals, and lots to do. She told me that it will make her sooo happy and make her feel soo much better.
She brought tears to my eyes!! We went to church and she was telling everyone that she got a little pet shop for Sarah who is in the hospital so she can feel better. She can’t wait to get it in the mail. I hope we can brighten this stranger’s day with a little pet shop and a head band. I know they have touched my life!
Sarah, this is for you. Feel better sweetie. Maybe one day I will get a chance to meet you!!!