There are a few other things I have been wanting to share with all of you. Since I magically have Internet at Mark’s house (1st time I’ve ever gotten it to work!) I thought I’d take advantage of it and post again.
This past weekend was the 15th Annual Race for Hope in DC. We participated last year, and it was our plan to participate this year. Unfortunately, David’s health was failing fast over the past week and we couldn’t attend as a family.
Austin was still able to go, though, and she was surrounded by about 30 friends from Spotless Mind and Stafford High School. They volunteered in honor of David. We are so proud of them all, but especially Austin. This is a really difficult time for her. She and David have always been very close, and 16 is too young to have to lose your brother. I hope that she will find that this was an excellent way to honor her brother and their sibling bond.
As an extended part of the Race for Hope, there was a “Head to the Hill” initiative to speak with Senators on behalf of brain tumor research. David had particularly been looking forward to that. One of his best friends, Catherine, took up that torch for us. She and her mom, Rebecca, spend the afternoon in DC today, and she and her father will go back tomorrow to advocate on behalf of the thousands of people fighting for their lives against brain cancer. David would be thrilled to know that Cat is using her special talent for arguing in such a positive way. Those Senators better watch out!
Needless to say, this has been an emotionally draining week (…month…year), but God has a way of sending you little things to bolster you. Today, among the many positive messages from family and friends, the thing that bolstered me was bailey. Bailey is a 16 week old Great Pyranese that lives in our apartment building. We have only recently seen her, and I didn’t know her owner’s name until today. We headed home so Richard could use the Internet briefly. When we pulled in to park, Bailey & Stephanie were walking in front of our car. I got out and was greeted by that sweet, unconditional puppy love. I wish somehow I could bring Bailey to David. She thinks she’s a lap dog, and I’m sure she would just lay right there with him with her clouds of wispy soft fur. As it was, I had to settle for her chomping on my fingers a little bit and telling them how great it was to have a moment of puppy love.
You never know when you might encounter someone who needs to hear what you have to say or who just needs a moment in your presence. Catherine had an appointment to make an impact. Stephanie & Bailey were just in the right place at the right time. Be open to those moments. Those are the things that make this life meaningful.