sorry about missing last week! this post has been on my mind for a few weeks now, but i wasn't sure about how to post this. here it goes.
my niece celebrated her first communion a couple of weeks ago. her class is a great class...nice kids, nice parents...but it is a very special class. you see, there are 28 kids in this class. there are about 210 kids in our entire school (that's pre-k through 8th grade). out of the 28 kids, 3 have lost a parent to cancer. out of the 28 kids, one child has had cancer...twice. there is also another child with a major illness.
this could be a class of tragedy, but it isn't. this could be a class of sadness and loss. it isn't. these kids, and their parents have come together as a small community. they have supported each other, they have banded together. when the little girl with cancer had a relapse, the parents of this class had a fundraiser and raised over $30,000 in one night!
i think the best thing about this class is...they are still kids. they aren't little adults dealing with issues that are hard for adults to deal with. they are kids, and they continue to be kids. they are truly inspirational to see.