I never went to band camp. However, there was this one time, during a Spring break many years ago, that I made it to Mexico, Vegas, and Palm Springs all in one week. Now that, was an epic party. Which brings me to the reason why I am so disappointed in the youth of today.
I took my oldest daughter Emily to the airport this morning so she could head back to college. This of course, means her Spring Break is officially over. How did she choose to spend it? Partying like a rock star like her old man did in his day??? Nope. Instead, she wanted nothing more than to spend her week off with her little Laney Bug. She arrived home to a sign that Delaney made for her that read, “Welcome home Boring. I love you. Delaney.” Instead of trying to discover new ways to kill brain cells, Emily spent her Spring Break coloring, building legos, holding Delaney’s hand, just laying with her when she wasn’t feeling well, and whispering to this dummy right in the middle of Delaney’s chemo, “I think it is okay to call her a Chubby Bunny, but don’t forget to tell her she is beautiful too!”. Of course, it wasn’t all about Delaney, because she also managed to sneak away twice for FroYo with Mackenzie, and go for bike rides with Ashley. Fortunately, the young lady has a whole lotta love packed in her heart.
I know you might be thinking, “Big deal, it is her own sister, she’s got to love her!” Maybe, maybe not, but that doesn’t explain the actions of others from her generation. Let me tell you how some other young women spent their Spring Break. A 19 year old that never met Delaney, raised money for St. Baldrick’s AND shaved her head last weekend as part of Delaney’s Jedi Knights. A whole group of women, Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority from Emily’s very own Webster University in St. Louis, met during their Spring break to discuss and plan how they might be able to help Delaney. What is wrong with these young folks these days??? Don’t they know they are supposed to be at a Part-TAY or at least doing something fun? Instead, out of love and caring for a young girl none of them have even met (Emily isn’t even in the sorority), they are taking time out of their busy lives to make the world a better place for a sick little girl. This old timer has some serious hope for the next generation!!! I can’t help but think of these words of wisdom, “When did we care for you when you were sick?” They asked. “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did for me.”
UPDATE: Delaney got more chemo yesterday and took it like a champ! Her labs were stable but they impressed on us that this coming week will probably be tough and that we can almost expect next week’s results to be worse. Our little fighter Delaney is still just displaying her, “Bring it!” attitude. She’s just ready to knock this whole cancer stuff out!
The pic below is one we just took of Delaney’s soccer team. They all wore their orange socks and headbands to honor Delaney and even ended with a cheer of, “GO DELANEY!!!” Our little chubby bunny is the one in the blue jacket, ISN’T SHE BEAUTIFUL?