The star of last week has been Carver. Seriously. He was great to Grandpa and great to me too. I think he can sense something is going on. We’ve explained everything to him and he talks and asks about “Papa’s owie”.
Here he’s taking time to sit with Grandpa and watch television.
Last weekend we finally caught up on opening all of the cards that have been sent our way. Kramer and I are both so surprised and thankful for all of the warm greetings.
Some of cards are just a quickly signed name with a well wish….some come with lengthy, thought out, words that are very touching….some have a gift card a few cash. Some are from neighbors and friends…some from family…some from our kids’ friends…some from acquaintances and some from blog readers. Each is so appreciated and meaningful to the two of us.
Last week, one night…when Carver was staying overnight, Kramer decided we needed to get them all opened. Cards have been coming in since we told everyone he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He gets a couple a day. We had kept up with them until he was in the hospital. Then he got behind. So it was time to read the rest of them.
It was very emotional. It was so unexpected. Kramer and I are two people trying to live a good life. We aren’t special. We aren’t notable. We are two people who are trying to make good choices as often as we can. Man -oh man….were we ever wowed by the cards.
I can’t tell you how many times, as it was too many to count, that both of us teared up a little bit. The words people wrote were so special and were very touching- very encouraging – very needed.
I’ll admit, Kramer and I have both been a little worried about how this is all going to settle financially. Him working for an independent farmer and me doing childcare operating my own business can make a person nervous. I can’t tell you how helpful it’s been to get a gas gift card and other gift cards. We’re likely facing 6 weeks of daily trips to Lacrosse (180 miles round trip). It’s going to take a lot of gas money to do that. Both of us feel like we can focus more on getting better and less on worrying about fuel costs. It’s so appreciated.
In the middle of this all I started crying. I just couldn’t believe how kind people are. We are have done nothing to be deserving of these kindnesses. It was about then that Carver came running out to the kitchen to check on Kramer and I. Carver saw I was crying. He ran over and told me “Uppy-uppy”. He put his head on my shoulder and just loved on me. That made me want to cry all the more. He’s such a good little guy.
So many people have been worrying about me thinking I’m doing too much…running myself down. This little guy, even though he’s a bit of work, is giving back to us just as much, if not more, as we’re giving him.
Kramer and I can’t say thank you enough for all the comments, cards, gift cards, prayers and well wishes that have been sent our way. We are so blessed to have so many good people in our lives. We’ve always felt we live a good a life. We see that now more than ever. Thank you isn’t enough.