Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2009. I took Mattie for a walk with my mom in his radio flyer. Mattie asked Linda (his Child Life Specialist) for a radio flyer of his own. He loved the ones in the Hospital, and really wanted one of his own for home. Though Mattie never confided in me as to why he made this request, as him mom, I suspected it was because he preferred going on walks around our neighborhood in something OTHER than a wheelchair. He wanted to look more normal. Linda found a way to make Mattie's wish a reality, and this radio flyer remains with us today outside on our deck.
Quote of the day: Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. ~ Louis Pasteur
I love Pasteur's quote, there is something to be said for TENACITY. Or as I call it.... being pleasantly persistent. I spent a good chunk of today working on Walk related items. At lunch time, I met a few of Ann's friends for lunch. One of her friends is in my zumba class and her son has Crohn's disease. Today's lunch was a fundraiser for this illness. For me it is always challenging to be in a group of women who are moms, and who know each other as moms. The natural tendency is to talk about kids, families, and mom-related activities. Though I am not an active mom now, I can understand the topics they were discussing because I know what kind of time and energy it takes to be a parent. It seems like amazing irony while others are talking about parenting, I have to sit back and accept that I no longer have a kid to nurture. My nurturing instead has to occur through a 501c3!
One of the highlights of my day was receiving a package from my friend and colleague, Nancy. Nancy sent me a Willow Tree Angel. Specifically the angel is called, the Angel of Freedom.... allowing dreams to soar. I do not know if Nancy realizes I collect these angels. This collection was started by my friend Margaret. Margaret was Mattie's preschool teacher, and she gave me my first angel. From there, my collection has grown. I have had students over the years give me angels too, and like Nancy, they did not realize I collected Willow Tree angels. Rather interesting, no? My angels sit on my kitchen window sill. Nancy's angel, has a metal butterfly sitting in her hand. A symbolic reminder of my Mattie! I will always associate this Angel of Freedom with our 2012 foundation walk and my desire to observe butterflies (which in my mind a butterfly's beauty captures the spirit of Mattie).