Almost a year ago I wrote the following post about my son’s friend (herein known as “M”): What To Do When There Is Nothing You Can Do

What a difference a year makes. “M” celebrated his 3rd Birthday last week. In the last year he has gone through things in his battle against cancer that are unimaginable to most of us, horrifying for his parents and terrifying for him. And yet, when I saw a picture of him, his smile told a story of strength that you could not believe such a young person would possess. He still smiles and laughs and enjoys life. A year has passed and so have the worst of his treatments (hopefully – keep the prayers coming!) After living in a bubble this last year, he has finally been given some freedom.

I didn’t know what to get him for his birthday. I am guessing he has not wanted for any toy, book, movie, or electronic whoosy whatsit this past year. So, I did what anyone else I know would probably do. I emailed a gift card. But the real gift was the note I wrote for it. Acknowledging he was celebrating his birthday when last year we didn’t know where any of us would be in a year was a beautiful, comforting, and special moment for me. I guess you could say the gift was sort of for me, too.

Below is the note I sent with hugs and kisses and love and prayers for long and healthy life. Or, as my grandmother used to say: “You should live to 120”.

Hey dude!

So glad you are on the road to recovery. I hear you have a big trip tomorrow! I wish I was going on plane. You are so lucky!

I hope your Birthday is tons of fun and you get to eat cake and smear it everywhere. I am sorry I didn’t get a chance to send a present in the mail – my 2 new sisters are taking up all of my time these days. Yeesh.

So, browse the site, find something really cool and loud, and it’s on me.

Happy Birthday, Buddy. 🙂

Love,
Aiven

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