What would YOU do if you’d just seen your son, who was crossing the street in the rain to deliver some papers on his paper route while you were waiting in the car to drive him home… what would you do if you’d just watched a speeding car turn the corner and hit your child, in front of your very eyes?
I can’t answer that question. And have mercy on me Lord, I pray every night that I’ll never have to.
But Dena did. She was the mother in her car, waiting for her son. She was the one who saw his life flash before her eyes. She was the one who ran up to him, screaming uncontrollably, terrified of what she would find.
And she was the one who was with him as he worked through his painful recovery… praying that all would be ok.
I finally got to meet them- Austin, Dena (his mom), and his two beautiful sisters! (His dad wasn’t there yet when I arrived- probably running some last minute party errands if Dena’s anything like me.) They’re WONDERFUL! I’ve corresponded with Dena throughout this whole process, and when I met her, it felt as if I’d known her for years- someone I’d definitely enjoy hanging out and having coffee with!
(Austin, Dena and me)
And Austin? Have you ever met a quiet kid who you took one look at and just instantly liked? You’re not even sure what it was…maybe the way he carried himself, or that FANTASTIC, sweet smile of his. Maybe knowing how tough he’s had it these past several months, and still taking the first opportunity he was given to climb the rock wall in gym class (though the pain afterwards has forced him out of gym for another month) has endeared him to me even more. I don’t know, but Austin officially holds a special place in my heart. He’s tough, but he’s still healing- physically AND emotionally, so for those of you out there who pray, please remember him while you’re talking with God.
Austin didn’t say much while we were there, but he smiled…BIG, when we brought the cake in. I can’t expain what a smile like that does to me, from a kid who’s been through so much. Too much…it makes all the hours put in SO much more than worth it. It was a bonus, too, when some of his friends gathered ’round saying things like “cool” and “awesome” and snapping pictures with their phones. (Why does that last statement make me feel so antique?) You know, at that age, when the friends approve, it makes everything better for everyone involved…whether we like it or not.
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(All cake except for the controller which was made out of rice kripie treats.)
Overall, it was a great day! I made some new friends, and I’d do it again in a hearbeat. I’m hoping Austin had a “bodacious” party! (I actually looked up that word, and it’s IN THE DICTIONARY, though the last time I heard it might’ve involved Bill & Ted and some excellent adventures…) I hope he thought his birthday cake- the one he had after the summer he had to go through more than he ever imagined- was the coolest cake any of his friends has ever had (though that might be reaching a bit high), and that it made his party just a little bit more awesome. Xx
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