Okay, first off, Team Sammer Hammer ROCKS! The scene was a little chaotic but a big group of us managed to meet up and have a lovely walk together. We lost Amanda, Ava, and Amanda's Mom (so sorry!). We had a brief but desperate disappearance of BoBo Baby and finshed three miles in a record breaking hour and twenty minutes! I think a good time was had by all. We had a 'personal' photographer (thank you Bill!) so we will be posting pictures soon! Thank you, thank you, thank you....all of you. Ya'll are good for my soul. Thank you also to everyone who couldn't make it but wished us well....again, good for the soul.
I truly believe we are here to learn from each other. We might need to slow down and search for the lesson but we are here to teach in our own ways. I've been thinking about perspective; I sometimes lack it and it seems to bite me in the hiney when I least expect it. Perspective: a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface. Are we oringinally flat surfaces? Do we find volumes within our life through our relationships? Do we have volumes to learn?
We left the Epilepsy walk hot and tired. Samantha was pretty fussy and by the time we got home she was running a fever. I did a urine test which revealed her umpeeth urine infection. We got on the phone with Children's hospital, arranged an appointment for Monday and devised a plan to get through the night. Monday morning, a long appointment at Children's, another round of antibiotics and back home.
My good feelings from the walk were thwarted.
And then I read Niki's blog post.
I met Niki at the walk. She and her boys were a member of Team Hammer. They joined as a sister of a dear friend of Heidi's. I cannot urge you enough to check her blog out. Her voice as a parent containing two boys for three miles, watching families effected with epilepsy on the walk and taking the time to be thankful for her own life and her own blessings is priceless and provides us all..well me...perspective. Check it out at http://ordinaryfour.blogspot.com/
Because here's the thing....I loose perspective. I forget how amazing it is that 1,400 people were all at the walk because they have been effected in some way by this crazy neurological disease. That these people can come out on a beautiful Sunday and enjoy the sun like everyone else. I forget what we have to be thankful for. I forget to loose myself in the preciousness of the moment. Thanks Niki, for reminding me to add a little cream to my coffee.
It's sometimes hard to be Samantha's mom, seizures, lack of smiles, hospitals, worry. But she has a gift to bring people together, provide a different view, by just being Samantha. And by giving people perspective, they give me perspective...we all learn from each other.
Again, thanks to you all. Here's to finding spatial relations on a flat surface :)