But then, I think about this.
I will never make Elliot a bag lunch for school.
I will never rub his back while he pukes in the middle of the night.
I won’t pair up his socks while folding laundry.
I won’t plan birthday parties for him.
I won’t give him a pep talk when he has had a hard day.
I won’t give him time outs.
I won’t hold him as he cries.
I won’t tour college campuses with him.
I won’t give him words of wisdom about his newborn baby.
But this, this I can do. And this I will do.
So this year, on September 15th, again we are walking in Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The good people of Children’s Hospital could not have been kinder to us.
There was the nurse who went against the grain when she let me hold Elliot, despite him being very very ill.
There was the nurse who told me to go back to my room and get some sleep so I could come back later and spend more time awake with Elliot.
There was the nurse who spoke kindly to our family as they stood over Elliot, answering their questions with a gentleness that years and years of good nursing brings.
There was the doctor who literally held me up and helped me walk after Elliot’s surgery.
There was the anesthesiologist who explained point by point what happened during Elliot’s surgery with so much patience and empathy.
There was the surgeon who got tears in his eyes as he helped guide us when it came time to make impossible decisions.
Honestly, there were so many kind souls who took care of us.
And I know that the real beneficiaries of the fundraising for Children’s Hospital is not the staff. They will continue to get paid, they will continue to do their jobs.
The real beneficiaries are the families who need Children’s Hospital. Families like us.
You may know me very well, and you may come run with us. (You can join our team here.)
You may be a total stranger, and this might be the first time you are hearing about Elliot. If that is the case, give this a watch.