Tonight we attended a Relay for Life event as a part of a surprise team for Sweeney. Our local Young Life leaders are predominantly students from a nearby college. They decided to have their team dress like Sweeney, which consisted of YL attire, khakis, fleece pullovers and his signature red hair.
Here's R, not so sure about that hair spray...
Cabell and Sweeney's 'surprised' faces as they arrived to find our crew cheering. They just arrived home from MD Anderson in Houston this afternoon.
A classic shot of my P...just enjoying the event.
We have talked a lot about cancer in our family. Last year one of our dear babysitters fought and defeated throat cancer. As a result, the children do not seem to fear cancer, as their first experience ended so well. They do know (as a result of the survivor lap at Relay events) that everyone does not beat cancer.
Last week when K said, "Mama, can kids get cancer?"
I told her they could.
"What happens to them? Does God make them better?"
I have been told by a few other Mamas that death and dying are popular topics of conversation at this age. So far, none of our conversations have hinted at any fear about such--just curiosity. K asked several days ago, "Will P & I die and go to Heaven at the same time?"
"Oh, I don't know what God's plan is, honey. Our whole family could go to heaven together, or it could be years apart when we are all very old."
"I don't want to go without P, Mama. He is my best friend."
"I know, sweetie, but Jesus will be there to meet you."
"Actually, Mama," she said, "I am just really afraid of going up that high in the air and want P to be with me to hold my hand."