I bet you all thought that
I would begin this update with one of my heartfelt apologies for my lack
of prose. Well, my lack of posting and unusual beginnings are all part
of my evil plan to keep you all guessing. So, what has been going on in
the Tubo House? Even though it has been 3 months (almost 4) since my
last posting, I have become acutely aware that the recent past is but a
snap shot of our life.
Time is flying by. And, we remain so thankful to have great pictures in
our brag book!
I have begun to try to hold on to certain images to carry me through the
day. One of my FAVORITE images is the one I see almost every morning. We
live so close to school that I have gotten into the habit of spoiling my
children with a morning ride to school.
My generosity stems from a purely selfish motive. You see, I let the
kids off at the side of the school.
They must then walk the distance of the front walk to enter. This is
what I love to see. Joey almost ALWAYS runs into school. I LOVE seeing
his pigeon toes sprint into school toting his backpack. It puts a smile
on my face each week day. I used to visualize such things while sitting
next to him in the hospital.
I would imagine him in a cap and gown, graduating from high school.
These positive images got me through. And, now, they fill each of my
Joey seems to be focused on image as well. He continues to question his
origin and subsequently the cause of his "coolness". But I am proud to
say, that in his quest for answers, he always starts at the top.
Recently, he had his twin cousins over, and he hit them with one of his
"burning" questions. I have told this story one hundred times since, but
I simply MUST record it for this record of our life. The 3 boys (all
about the same age) were at the table eating. I heard Joey say, "Hey
Guys! Did you ever wonder who MADE God?" It was then that this glorious
mystery was finally solved. Michael said, "Da-huh! His MOM!"
The three boys all accepted this obviously right conclusion and
continued eating. If only I had thought of that....I think I will
consult Michael next time Joey asks me one of his burning questions!
Of course, it is obvious to Joey from whose image he was created! He
said to me, "Mom, if ALL the girls who like me right now lined up at our
front door, the WHOLE neighborhood would be full of girls!" God help me.
He also said that "as soon as I am OFFICIALLY allowed, I am going to get
me a girlfriend." Aahh, Bond, you speak too soon! He said, "Mom, I have
to find a girl while I am still young and still look good!" I said,
"Joey, it doesn't matter what you look like!" He said, "I know, Mom, it
matters what is in your heart!" And, then he gave me his infectious
smile. I AM in trouble, because he is in my heart, and I don't want to
ever let him go!
Together, we will continue to fill our album with pictures of hope and
survival. This June, we will once again walk in the Relay for Life. Joey
has been asked to cut the ribbon to start the survivor lap. He asked if
he could RUN through it instead of cutting it. Talk about an image! If
any of you would like to donate in support of Joey's team, please write
me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a link to do so.
As always, thanks for sharing in our life. You all make up a big part of
our life's pictures. We are eternally grateful to have such a story of
hope and love.
Til next time,