“When you put faith, hope, and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world.” Zig Ziglar
This update is from yesterday, when Justine made an spontaneous appearance in the hospital room. She of course, was prepared, as I show her photos of daddy every night. But I hadn’t known she was near till I got a phone call from my babysitting parents, who were are the shopping mall across the street from the hospital. Although it had been a month from her last visit (she had contracted a cold and was afraid to spread it to her father in the meantime) she proved to be strong and ready for the moment thrown upon her. It was the first time she had seen her dad with his eyes open and she was as pleased as punch to get a “squeeze from his hand.”
And then of course, she took court over every visitor to her father’s room.
Among other nuggets of the conversation between Justine and Dr. Rauser, here is this:
Justine: Do you see that tear on my daddy’s face?
Dr. R: Yes.
Justine: Do you want to know why it it is there?
Dr. R: Why?
Justine: Its because he misses me and he wants to come home.
Out of the mouths of babes. I will say that while little Justine was holding court (she says she wants to be a doctor one day, after all) Vernon’s eyes were VERY focused on her voice…blinking, alert. I believe she will be a part of his strength, his reason to fight, regardless of her current awareness of it.
The following quote is a little off-age, but I love it and can apply it anyway:
“If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more external that the ocean in the expression of the eyes of little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle.”
Vincent Van Gogh