A few months ago, I was introduced to the brave & inspiring story of Heather Von St. James, and a few clicks later I was watching this video, trying not to let my kids see me cry. “In 2005, at the age of 36, and only three months after giving birth to [her] beautiful daughter Lily Rose, [she] was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma.” She was given just 15 months to live.
I guess good things DO come to those who wait..
So, during our dinnertime family meeting, I told the kids this story of hope. We had a wonderful (age appropriate) conversation about acknowledging, facing, and conquering fear. With hope, the odds don’t matter!
I asked them what some of their fears are, understanding that my babies are still little. At 2 & 4 years old, fears look different from Mommies’ & Daddies’. As adults, our fears are usually psychological or spiritual; whereas kids fears are more psychical. You know, things they can see, or touch, or run from. On paper plates, I wrote down what they told me and drew pictures, depicting what they said, since neither one of them can read yet. Then Hunnie & I wrote ours too!
Their faces lit up when I told them we were going to rip up the fears AND the plates they were written on!
This portion required very little instruction, besides “wait for Mommie”..
My biggest fear is something that I think about constantly, even though I know I have NO control over it. I want to protect my children from EVERYTHING bad that could happen to them. I know that this isn’t realistic, but I don’t want them to make all the same mistakes I did. Even though looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing about the poor choices I made because they have ALL led me to where & who I am today, I would rather my babies not learn the hard way. So, for today, I will let it go and know that God is in control!
We still have fears. We still get scared. We don’t always write them down on plates to rip them up, although BabyGirl keeps asking “I rip ’em up my plates?”, but now they know that EVERYONE has fears and we can talk them thru without letting them consume us.
April 1 – 7 is Asbestos Awareness Week
What can you do?
◌◌From awareness grows hope.◌◌
◌◌Each voice could save a life.◌◌