How do you say thank you for a gift that is more than just a bike, it is a chance for Kyle to get to do something he loves and a chance for his dad and I to share his joy. Okay, so it isn't always joy, especially when Kyle decides to rest his feet on the bar of the bike and relax when we are going up to the top of the hill in the neighborhood, but hearing him yell, "go faster, go faster!" as we coast back down makes it all worth it!
So this is a HUGE thank you to the gang and Jack's Bicycle, Tony Carter and crew at Northwest Honda, and the Hall family. Your generosity is appreciated far beyond what we can express in a simple blog post. And thank you to Samantha Faris for researching tandems bikes that would work for us and working with everyone involved to make this a reality for us. We have enjoyed in for hours already and are sure to share many cycling adventures together.
Kyle has recovered extremely well from his surgery. He was ready to head back to school on Monday and (even though I wasn't sure he was really ready for a full day) made it all day Monday and each day after. He shared his stitches with his classmates and let, those who wished, trace the line of the "crazy straw" from the valve on the top of his head until in vanishes as is reaches his collar bone. The kids were kind and asked thoughtful questions, but mostly just wanted to make sure that it didn't hurt and that Kyle was feeling better. It is amazing to see Kyle's resilient spirit shine as he works to overcome the obstacles he faces every day.
On a somber note, I want to express my sympathy for our dear friends the Adams. Their beautiful daughter Mara passed away Monday. We came to know Mara and her mom, Heather, during our trips to Children's. I have found comfort sharing stories with Heather. This is a very small club we find ourselves in and being able to talk with another mom who can truly relate to our struggles has been a gift. If you have a moment please think of them and send prayers and good thoughts their way. If you want to learn about Mara and her family or send them a message please visit her website, www.maraadams.com.