My middle boy has been very interested lately in his future.
He wants to know if anyone can really know what's going to come next.
He wants to know if crystal balls really work, or fortune cookies or even wishing in wells. It's as though he's just come to an awareness that there is something after this. A life beyond the one he knows.
He found instructions for that little folded paper fortune teller in an old Childcraft make and do book, and set to work creasing, coloring and writing and mostly hoping that it would tell him what he wants to know – that his future is as wonderful as he imagines.
You pick a number and then the fortune teller is opened and closed that number of times, then you peak behind the number and read your future profession.
His chosen options are:
Video Game Tester
and Toilet Cleaner.
That last one is because I said, "it's more fun if there's at least SOME possibility that you'll get an answer you don't like."
This was a revelation.
His whole fascination with his future reminds me of how I felt when I was nearing my due date while I was pregnant with him.
I was so anxious to meet him, but also nervous, because I knew that once he was born, he would be in the world, on his path, for better or worse.
I knew he would experience both unspeakable wonder and crushing sadness.
We all do. That's what makes life so sweet, the knowledge that sometimes it isn't.
But for a mom, it is a predicament. For her son, she wants all of the joy and none of the pain, even as she knows that this is impossible.
So, it's with all of this in mind that I read about a young man who is fighting for his life, and the family that loves him. You can read his story here
I don't know this boy, but I know that he is a son who has a mother, who is hoping against hope that the future holds brighter things for her young man. I can't imagine what it must be like to watch your son go through all that Lee has. It breaks my heart.
The help I have to give is so small in comparison to the need, but I gave what I could, and I hope that if you are able, you will help too. I hope that together we can do something big for this family – help make their future long and bright.
to find out how you can help.