I have a friend named Kim. She and I were on dance team together at Texas A&M and lived together with another roommate in a duplex. Kim is/was one of those radiant people...beautiful inside and out...smart and sweet and upbeat. She was even a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader - she's that all-American girl that you want to hate and envy but just can't because she is so genuinely nice.
Kim is a mother of two, a little girl named Viv and a little boy named Sawyer. My heart is breaking for Kim, her family, and her loved ones.
Sawyer ... ...
November 21, 2008 – December 12, 2016
Sawyer did not lose his battle with medulloblastoma brain cancer; he kicked its ass for 20 months.
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)
i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear;
and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)
~ E.E. Cummings
Something like this happens, and I stop in my tracks. I reflect. And, honestly, I ask myself "what can I do to be a better person and give more to the world?" Please, in Sawyer's honor, hug someone you love a little tighter, spread kindness to those that need it, maybe (if you feel so inclined) donate to your local children's hospital, hospice care, or cancer research institute.
Today, we celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. I failed as a good little blogger because I had no "anniversary" post ready to honor this event. But, when I heard the news about Sawyer, this guy is the one who held me and wiped my tears. He is the one that recommended we find out if there is somewhere specific Kim's family will recommend donations to be sent. He is the one who mentioned Viv, Sawyer's sister, and how tough of a time this will be for her. I'll be honest - he isn't always known to be compassionate or tender-hearted, but I am the fortunate one that knows that side of him does indeed exist, and I know it well. In this moment of heartbreak and grief, my heart was warmed by the realization that this is the one who is by my side during such times.
If you want to read about our special day, you can do that here: The best wedding ever*
Happy anniversary to us!