Since Little Dude’s diagnosis, our friends and neighbors have rallied around us to support us through the toughest time our family has ever faced. We’ve received loving cards, caring phone calls, texts, and emails, as well as an abundance of beautiful gestures. My husband has said to me, “it’s the deeds — not words — that can be so meaningful.” He’s right. Sometimes it’s so hard to find the right words in situations like this, but with a gesture, no words need to be spoken. We feel the love. Thank you, thank you, thank you…our gratitude is immense for everyone who has been — and continues to be — such wonderful supporters to our family.
Here’s just a sampling of the wonderful gestures we have gratefully received:
A Buddha statue. I love this. This was one of the very first gifts we received and I immediately felt comfort from it. A Buddha statue can have different meanings, depending on the pose. We received a medicine Buddha, which signifies healing.
The meal train and all those wonderful dinners, whether home-cooked, store-bought, or take-out….ALL GOOD!
And more meals from others who were not part of the meal train, but still wanted to help
A necklace (A hand or Hamas – symbol of protection)
A bracelet (with stones possessing symbols of healing and protection)
Another bracelet engraved with the words, “Be Strong.”
A video birthday message to Little Dude from the entire 4th grade
An iPad mini for Little Dude from a bunch of 4th grade parents
An iPad mini and a gently used Xbox for use during our stay up in Boston
3 gift certificates for a mani/pedi (all from the same person!)
A gift certificate to one of our favorite restaurants
A gift certificate to the local pizza place – simple, but so practical!
Several iced teas delivered to our door (those were for me, the iced tea junkie)
Starbucks gift cards (those went straight to iced tea and chai tea)
A plaque that reads: I Just Rescued Some Wine…It Was Trapped In A Bottle (LOVE THAT!)
Books for both Little Dude and me
Italian ices – in several flavors too!
An honorary certificate for Little Dude from a school Free Throw competition, personally delivered by both gym teachers. And, a special gift from Carvel ice cream was also hand delivered by them.
Numerous toys, games, and gifts for Little Dude
An anonymous gift certificate for a massage for Little Dude
Baked goods galore (banana breads, cookies, brownies, cupcakes…oh my!) No wonder I’ve gained back the 7 pounds I lost after this all began
Other fun foods like giant popcorn tins, candy bouquets, chocolate covered fruit, and oh yeah LOTS of candy
A one-year Netflix subscription (I am now officially a Netflix addict)
Offers to come to the hospital and sit with Little Dude and me. I was so touched that several people offered this. I had to turn them down, mainly because we are in tight quarters at the hospital and there simply isn’t room for visitors. But what a caring offer.
I know I’m forgetting some gestures, but I wanted to remember as many as I could because it’s been so heartwarming to be the recipients of such kindness. I hope some day I can return the kindness to each and every person who has been there for us. Little Dude has a few more treatments to go, but at least we are in the home stretch now. And we are grateful for everyone who is helping us through this challenging time. We hope you all know who you are!!