Last Friday, my big children both took $1.00 out of the "spending money" their great-grandmother gave them at Christmas in order to wear a cap to school. The school was raising money for the American Cancer Society.
My children have certainly noticed that the word cancer has become a part of our everyday vocabulary as some of these people were a part of their world. They have real, solid connections to these people, and they understand that they are sick.
Their sweet innocence has shone brightly during this moment of sadness. When told about who I consider to be their third grandmother's diagnosis of cancer, Walker immediately said, "Let's pray for her right now." Upon coming home from school that same week without any prompting, Stephen said, "I prayed for Mimi before lunch today." He typically prays that God take the cancer away. I know there are lots of people in this world who echo that exact prayer daily for their own family, friends, acquaintances, co-workers, etc...
My heart warms that my children wanted to give a little of what they have been given to help in this cause.