September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
here are a few facts:
it is not rare – 1 in 330 children develop cancer before the age of 19
• 1 in 5 children diagnosed with cancer dies as a result of the disease
• Childhood Cancer is the #1 disease killer of children – more than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, & pediatric AIDS combined
You may think “what does this have to do with Autism?” and I would have to say “very little” but, I am writing this post about a Precious little boy who took my world and turned it upside down, who stole my heart, and who was a HUGE part of my children’s lives….
“How lucky I am to have known someone who was so hard to say goodbye to” ~Unknown~
Some friendships leave such a HUGE Print on Our Hearts…
The Photo above is of my youngest Daughter and her Cherished Friend Barrett, who she affectionately claimed as her little brother 5 years ago. This Precious child stole my heart instantly when they moved in across the street from us. For 5 years I watched as a friendship blossomed and grew. I Took TONS of Photos through the years. Little did I know JUST how precious those Photos would become to my daughter, and to me.
In 2010 Barrett was Diagnosed with Cancer. For two years He fought, Bravely, never once complaining. He was always more concerned with how those around Him were doing. This sweet boy Lived Life to the fullest, Jumping in Leaves, Riding His Bike, Laughing, Playing as Hard as He could. In November of 2011 the news came that the tumor had returned and that it was most likely terminal this time. I remember sitting my daughter down and talking with her then about death, and trying to prepare her for the day when she may have to say goodbye. It was one of the hardest conversations I have EVER had to have. We Prayed hard, and even though by this point, we had moved to a new house, we made sure to make the moments count. We continued making memories, and learned to cherish EVERY Moment. August 2012, My heart shattered. The news came that there was nothing more the Doctors could do. As I struggled to find the words to have another conversation with my children, we made arrangements for a play date, and my princess spent an afternoon with Barrett. It was to be their Last day together, and It was a Good day. A Week Later, On August 26,2012 Barrett went to Heaven. My Heart was shattered, and I can’t even BEGIN to imagine the pain His Mother is going through. My thoughts though, IMMEDIATELY went to the kids. Including my own three, there is a group of kids that Love Barrett deeply….
Let’s Call them the Knights of Honeysuckle.
As The Leaves begin to fall, My Mind drifts back to the days on Honeysuckle, my yard full of kids and laughter. Whether they were jumping in Piles of Leaves, or playing Kickball, Fighting Dragons, or playing Tag, This group of kids always found a way to include everyone, regardless of Age, disability, color. The Memories Made in the time we lived there will be forever cherished, imprinted on my heart.
There is a Very Precious thing that happens when Children’s Laughter, and Imagination rules…
When a clump of trees becomes a Fort….
When Dragons and Robots appear and the Castle must be defended…
When the Older kids drop everything to Teach a Younger child how to Ride a scooter….
I am SO Very Blessed and Thankful for each and every Precious Moment we had with Barrett
For the Memories Made
For the Once in a Lifetime Friendship my Youngest child and Barrett have ( yes I say HAVE, because she will NEVER forget Him)
For the Smiles and Laughter….
For The Hugs….
For the Beauty of Childhood…
For the Delight in the simple things Like Digging a Hole….
I Could Keep Going, But My Point here is…
Cherish EVERY Moment with those You Love.
Take time to enjoy the simple things….
Hug Your Children Often…
Make time to Play WITH them….
and Let them Be Little!