Hudson, the youngest of the Logie clan (the family who brings us music), was hospitalized last weekend for a collapsed lung. Maki, who considers Hudson one of his good pals, was in the desert, so I texted him the news. He knew a little about this condition because the older brother of his best friend at school experienced it too. From what we understand, its very painful.
As soon as he got back on Sunday night, Maki asked when we were going up to see him. “We can’t NOT go, Ali! After all that family has done for us, we have to go. I’m going to make a care package for him right now. Let’s go after school tomorrow.” And he disappeared into the chaos of his bedroom to collect gifts for his friend.
In his Star Wars opening-night popcorn bucket, he packed: a Union Jack as well as a Norwegian flag, an old polaroid of Hudson that seems to be a running joke between them, a couple of joke and novelty books (including the Zombie Survival Guide and How to F This Test), a candy bar, a lava lamp, and a snorkel. What else does a teenage boy need? (He also packed an old DS, but forgot the games, so he took it out later.)
Hudson had surgery on his lung Monday night, so we waited till yesterday and went straight from school. It took us about two hours in the rush hour traffic, but Maki didn’t seem to mind the drive. He had a friend to get to. Hudson was weak and groggy, but he seemed to appreciate the company. They played cards and then we took a walk around the ward with him.
I must say the lava lamp did wonders for the hospital room. Maki said it brought it to ‘help the vibe.’
It was so great to see Hudson on the recovery side of a very painful and scary situation, but it was also great to see Maki acting in such a way. I don’t know for sure, but I like to think his willingness to respond so quickly to a hospitalized friend is something he has learned on our family’s journey. There have been people who showed up for us. And maybe this is how we learn to show up for others. Golden.
Hope you feel better soon, Hudson. The worst part is over, and you’ll be back making music and general mischief soon. We love you.