Monday, January 6, 2014
I realize that there has been a lot of talk the past week about Anthony and his new heart.
But here's the thing: a heart transplant is a REALLY BIG DEAL and actually that's pretty much been an all-consuming topic around here. Not much else has been going on between updating the Anything for Anthony Facebook page and trying to get life back in some semblance of order before school starts (tomorrow - yikes!)
So it should come as no surprise that this week's little of snippet of why I adore my peeps also encompasses that little heart situation you may have heard about. ;)
Some background: Anthony, his sister Abby, and Diva are all great friends. She refers to the Herman family as "My Favorite Family that is Almost My Own" and they treat her like one of theirs.
Diva tussles Anthony's hair every time she sees him and he and Abby are the closest people to siblings that Diva has. They talk about books and movies and nerdy stuff. And they laugh - they do lots and lots of laughing.
Diva also doesn't treat Anthony any differently than she would anyone else. She has never thought of him as abnormal. Weird, yes; but then again, the three of them seem to pride themselves on their individual and collective weirdness. Diva dearly, dearly loves their family.
Back to yesterday: When Diva and Engineer walked in to see Anthony and he opened his eyes briefly to see them standing there Diva said, "Hey Archibald!" (that's her bizarre nickname for him.) He said a breathy, "Hey" back - which sent her over the moon.
He has not had the energy or inclination to do much talking so she thought it was the most special moment on the planet that he chose to say hi to her. He apparently also told her bye as they were leaving. She has been on Cloud 9 ever since then and even talked my ear off this morning about hearts, and Anthony, and how amazing science and God and doctors and the human body are.
Then at dinner, Diva said with an enormous Cheshire cat grin on her face, "I don't think Anthony will ever know how much his 'Hi' meant to me." Maybe not my sweet girl, but that's okay.
It does this Momma's heart good to see my child deal with something so heavy, with joy through her sheer innocence and love for her friend. She's not dwelling on what could have happened, she's relishing in what has happened.