March 24, 2004

makes me think...

Man it's been another hectic week. The family I'm boarding with have 2 adult sons, and their 27-yr-old has just been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. The poor guy has gone from being told he has pneumonia to being told he has cancer and starting chemotherapy within the space of 5 days.

Everything is pretty crazy here, as you can imagine - Deb and Keith are spending most of their time up at the hospital and I'm just trying to help out as much as I can in a practical way with housework and meals and stuff like that. It's really hard to watch people I care about struggle like this and not be able to do anything.

The guy's attitude is amazing, he's quite inspirational. He said a 20% chance is betting odds and he'll take this on and get through it. He said to me the other night that this is just another hurdle, but it's one that makes each day and each moment seem precious, sweet and significant. I can't imagine myself approaching something like this with anything like that degree of insight.

I'm not doing much myself, except a bit of sketching and painting etc. I am 3 paragraphs into a story, and have been for a few days now, so I don't think this is going to be a brilliant literary work! Never mind. I just like stringing words together, so it's satisfying in the same way as kids find their hand-painted macaroni necklaces satisfying.

Speaking of which, someone told me that kindys don't use macaroni anymore for some strange politically correct reason like it's insensitive to play with food or some such. Does anyone know if this is true? I've been out of the kindy loop so long I don't have any independent verification :)

Posted by phreq at March 24, 2004 09:09 AM | TrackBack

Well, if it is true it's not true of *all* kindies. I have eyewitnessed mothers at the library with new macaroni and penne necklaces from their kindy kids.

It's pretty sweet actually, to see them being worn in public.

Posted by: Jenni at March 24, 2004 10:48 AM

back on the net briefly! large hugs! also please pass on my love and wishes to deb and keith and their son. why does it seem that crap happens to such good people??!! i am setting up the net at home so should be on it again soon. hugs, i will try to write a snailmail now i have your addy from giffy.

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