Monday, July 4, 2011

Addendum and a double edged sword

One of the blessings coming out of the stroke is a softer, gentler side to Lizzy.  She is much quicker to say "I love you" and "thank you" spontaneously.  (another great blessing is her newfound love of spicy food-- can anyone say "Mexican for dinner"?  Tom especially is grateful).  Evidence of this was in full bloom last week.

Last week, Lizzy was approved as a "Make-a-Wish" kid.  We are excited about that because she can always use more brightness in her life.  However, that approval is also a bit of a downer because it is an acknowledgement that her condition is a continued risk to her life.  She could live 70 years but maybe not.  Being chosen for Make-a-Wish brought that home.  Still, we talked about it with her and determined that it only meant that Lizzy (and all of us) should live each day to its fullest and fill it with the most important things. 

When discussing what she might do with her wish, Lizzy was having a really hard time thinking of something to do.  We had not expected this.  We thought that Lizzy would quickly have something to wish for.  Instead, she was completely drawing a blank.  Finally, Julie asked her why she couldn't think of anything.  Lizzy responded, "I have a loving family.  I don't need anything else."  It is a really good thing, she didn't ask for a convertible right afterwards because we probably would have said yes.  Yes, Lizzy has a loving family.  And she is a vital part of that loving family.  We are so grateful for her in our lives.   She has always brightened our days and made us so much better.  We love Lizzy!!!

1 comment:

  1. Yup, it's true: Lizzy has pretty much an awesome family!