Today was busy, I’ll admit it. But lately there’s been some . . . well, let’s just say “hmm” or “ah ha” moments in between all the chaos — which definitely puts life into perspective.
Today was field day for the girls. Hustle and bustle to get them out the door with both Amber and Ryan close behind. After dropping Ryan at my parent’s house and the girls off at field day it was time to go to OT. OT was great with Michelle, Maura, and McKenzie, a student from Quinnipiac. Michelle noticed that Amber’s left hand and wrist have loosened up since the last week which is great. Michelle and Maura showed me some more exercises to do with Amber to keep up with the stretching of her arm, elbow and shoulder, along with making sure that Amber gets her core muscles tight as well as her back straighter.
After OT was done Amber really wanted to go to field day to watch. So we hurry back towards home to try to make it in time, which was really close considering field day ended at 12:30 PM. We made it just in time to spend about 40 minutes having lunch with her class. Amber was in her glory!!
Then it was time for me to whisk the girls away from field day and drop them off to their grandparents’ house where Ryan was so that I could bring Amber to radiation. Radiations have been a little extra special because yesterday Amber’s Memere got to come with us and now today, her Pepere came with us. After radiation I had to run to Stop & Shop (thank you Pep for staying with Amber) to pick up some groceries as well as bouquets for the big dance recital that’s happening on Sunday.
After picking the rest of the kiddos up from my parent’s, and putting half of them down for naps, it was time to unload stuff from field day, groceries, and flowers. Later, while I was making cupcakes for this upcoming weekend, my mind kept pondering over something Amber said earlier in the day. Amber’s been coming up with “wishes” for the Make A Wish Foundation, where she has a special Wish Box to put them in. She says to me “Hey Mama, I have another wish for the wish box.” “Oh great Amber, what is it?” and she says “I wish for Cousin Jenn not to have Cystic Fibrosis anymore.” I stop what I’m doing and look at Amber. I’m dumbfounded. How can this six and a half year old have this level of maturity and selflessness to ask for, to even think of something like this? Her wish. My heart swells. My heart breaks. So special and so awe-inspiring. Makes me wonder how I can be less selfish, and further, on a grander scale, how the world can be less selfish; to think of others instead of just ourselves. There’s a lot to take from this very simple and very sweet request of a child’s personal wish. Perhaps we all could learn a thing or two from Amber.