A Friend At Wegmans – Day 68
By Renee Bodkin
I have a story from this past Friday. It was a long week. We had a “blizzard” on Wednesday with no school. Philip has been on a low-iodine diet in preparation for his radiation treatment — one would never realize how much food has iodine until you can’t have it. Ugh. Philip had an appointment at Roswell… it didn’t go as planned. His “levels” were not right. It’s changing the schedule of his treatment and he has to go through more painful treatments in preparation for the radiation. This hurts my heart.
Anyways, I digress. The point is… the week was long. I got out of work and I had to get the Malibu inspected. We replaced the battery, changed wiper blades, and replaced headlights. It was all set to pass. Then it didn’t. Why?? Because when you replace the battery you then have to drive it 100-150 miles to reset sensors. Grrr. I was so upset. I think the stress from the week had just pent up and that pushed me over the edge. I sat in the car and cried. Silly really because I got a 10 day temporary and just had to drive the car a bunch but I was just overwhelmed.
Anyways, I pulled it together enough to run to Wegmans for some random meatless meal since it was Friday and was wandering aimlessly without much focus when I ran into an old friend. A mom from the neighborhood. She’s so sweet. She also has 3 boys. We haven’t seen each other in a while – winter coops everyone up and I’m obviously not at the elementary school these days (since the boys are homeschooled). We stopped to talk. She asked about Philip. Her dad has cancer, too. We talked about stupid cancer. We hugged. We talked about the headache of raising boys. Trials and tribulations. We stood in the pop aisle and talked. She told me how THIS BLOG inspired her. (I still marvel at that… am humbled that I am inspiring others with my daily gratitude). It was so nice. Thank you, Toni, for that talk. It was just what I needed. It put a smile on my face and reminded me that my struggles are not uncommon. It made me feel immense gratitude!!
So many of us have burdens on our shoulders that weigh us down. But we have each other. Cherish each other. Take time to smile. Spread kindness. Be grateful for each day. Be grateful for each other. Be grateful for the good and the bad because it is all what shapes us.