Why were we watching a movie on a pretty Sunday afternoon? Little Gideon is in a lot of pain from this round of chemo and steroids. His legs cramp up, his head hurts, his tummy hurts...everything. I wanted to do something that would get his mind off of it all. So, what did I do? Brought him to see a movie about a glorious little boy whose time on earth is short. Ugh. But, I am stopping myself. It stirred up a lot of talk and love for us. Remember? I remember. And, Gideon is beating his beast! I know he is. He doesn't have leaves falling off his legs...like Timothy. He just has all of that light and then some.
So, Gideon had chemo on Tuesday. By Thursday, his kindergarden teacher came to me to say that he was too worn out and uncomfortable from it all. She brought him into my classroom during his recess, and Gideon laid on my beanbags and drifted to sleep. He hurt too much to eat. He didn't want to go home, but he wanted to be by me. I asked Derek, our principal, if it was okay for Gideon to stay on the beanbag while I taught the rest of my classes that day. He looked at me and said, "Of COURSE it is! Kids' needs come first here!" And they do. Really. I am blessed to work in a place who understands what matters and why. I adore our school culture.
Speaking of school culture, Mattawan had a GOLD OUT for Kids' Cancer at Friday night's game. And we won! The gold shirts were a success, and I am hoping that will spur on people to sign up to play in the kickball tournament (or donate money). THANK YOU, Mattawan advocates. I am ever-so-grateful that so many people get it.