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Slap On That Phony Smile

Today is a beautiful day. The sun is shining, the temperature is perfect and I can hear a lawnmower doing it's job somewhere in the neighborhood. I'm doing all I can to keep a smile on my face but, something life changing is happening today and I can't stop thinking about it.

My oldest daughter has the sweetest best friend. She has spent as much time as possible at our house this past school year. Her Father would call me saying "Hi Ann, I'm looking for a girl who looks alot like my daughter. Have you seen her?" Our house seems to be a magnet for her big brother also. Dinner time is never dull, and now, with school being out, let's throw lunch time in the mix too. (I might need to start my own "Food Drive" soon ;-> )

These children, these young children, have no idea that today, right now, their father is having an incredibly serious procedure done to save his life. Their mother called me a few days ago to tell me what was happening and asked for child care help. She is doing all she can to keep it together. She's 38 years old with 3 children, ages 12, 10 and 3. No matter the outcome of the procedure, their life is forever changed as of today.

I'm making whatever food they want. I've got the Slip & Slides out and have music playing. They haven't been told how serious the situation is and, unfortunately, I know. I know it all.

I Don't Want To Be A Grown-Up Anymore!!!!!

Whew... OK. Time to gather myself. Time to smile. Time to hug. Time to make more sandwiches.

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24 comments:

  1. ((((ann, daughter's best friend & family, your kids)))) *sigh* i'm glad you're keeping it together for their sakes. know that everyone is in my thoughts.

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  2. That is so sad. I truly hope he alright and that these children are able to maintain their childhood innocence.
    (((Hugs)))

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  3. Hugs! Hugs to him, his wife, those kids, you and your daughter. I will be thinking about them.

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  4. So sad Ann. PLease, for what its worth, let this family know there are strangers in the blogworld praying for all of them!

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  5. good for vyou being such a good friend to this family. My prayers are with all of them..God knows who they are!

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  6. good for vyou being such a good friend to this family. My prayers are with all of them..God knows who they are!

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  7. Many prayers and good wishes coming to you and your friends, Ann!

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  8. Even though I am honored, I absolutly hate it when called to keep a secret such as this... Bless you for being a great woman...... I will pray for all of you today.....

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  9. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

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  10. Wow. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way.
    :) Robin

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  11. Aww, you are a great friend Ann! They are in my thoughts and so are you!

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  12. Oh Ann, this is so damn sad. I'm also not sure I agree with them not telling the kids just exactly what's going on. If something happens they're going to be VERY upset. But that's neither here nor there. I'm glad you're there for all of them!

    Justine :o )

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  13. Oh wow. I'll add them to my prayers!! I've tagged you for a photo tag....when you have the time.

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  14. Awww that is so sad. What ever happens today for the procedure I hope all goes well. Thoughts and prayers being sent to everyone.

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  15. bless you for being such a good friend. being innocent like these kids is really a lot less complicated than being grown ups like us. you'd never know how you make things a lot different for them.

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  16. They are all luck to have a good friend like you. I pray all is well.

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  17. I'm praying that their dad comes out of this healthy but I'm so very scared that they don't know how serious it is because if it's not good on the other end they will question forever "why??"

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  18. My thoughts and prayers to all involved, the greatest heartbreak is when kids have to experience heartbreak. I hope and pray all turns out well.

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  19. We will be praying for you and the family. I am so glad the kids have a great place to be today and can enjoy just being kids. I am also glad that the other mom has a great place to send her kids and know they are well taken care of. God Bless you ALL!

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  20. Oh, I'm so worried. Is there any news? That was so sweet of you to hold things together for the kids. I pray for their father's health.

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  21. I am sorry to hear that he isn't doing well. It is never easy when people we know and love get sick. I hope it all turns out alright.

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  22. I hope all went well for the dad. I will say a prayer for him and his family. Also for you--you are a very good friend to help them Ann!

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  23. I completely understand this...when my husband had emergency bypass at age 40 last year, I was enormously grateful for friends that stepped in to help me and my children through it.

    She is very lucky to have you in her life:) Sending them hugs and keeping them in my prayers...

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  24. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I'm hoping he will come out well. They are fortunate to have a good friend like you by their side.

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