my kids are alright (by laurie)

I had a dream a few nights ago.

My kids were in a giant flash mob, dancing their hearts out, surrounded by dozens of other kids and adults. They were exuberant and focused, their movements fluid and in synch with those around them. My heart swelled with pride and joy.

I learned that the flash mob had been created to drum up excitement over an upcoming performance. In a couple of hours, my kids would go on stage and perform. I could tell they were ready.

Then I was handed a note. My own performance was scheduled for right after theirs. I was wholly unprepared. I hadn’t even looked at my script. I was rushing off to find it when my alarm went off.

Sacha was in a play very recently. And they did organize a flash mob a week before the performance, as a form of advertisement. And Sacha performed beautifully. My heart did swell with pride.

In part, my subconscious might have been remembering the play but I choose to believe that I was also sending myself a message.

Life with metastatic breast cancer is filled with uncertainty. But no matter what happens, my kids will be fine. They are smart, talented, resourceful and resillient. They have friends and family who love them. My kids will be alright.

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4 Responses to my kids are alright (by laurie)

  1. justenjoyhim says:

    That’s so sweet.

  2. Dear Laurie,

    All the years I have been raising my children while dealing with chronic cancer, I have focused on the idea you highlight: My children will be alright, whatever happens to me.

    This idea has helped me accept the uncertainty. It has motivated me to embrace the parenting I could do each day, maybe doing a better job than if I felt I had all the time in the world.

    The greatest gift we can give our children is not protection from the world, but the confidence and tools to cope and grow with all that life has to offer.

    With hope, Wendy

  3. Laurie says:

    Thanks so much to you both. I know you understand.

  4. Jenster says:

    Your kids also have an extraordinary mom and that goes a long way in their well being. πŸ™‚

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