Classroom Celebration (of Courage)

Don’t worry, I’m not going to keep you updated on Delaney for the rest of her life.  However, last week there a celebration that was too darn cool to not share.  We got invited to her school where they were going to celebrate her being done with her treatment.  We decided to keep it a secret from Delaney and by the time we arrived they had all four 2nd grade classes out in their quad.  We immediately noticed two things: 1. A giant sign that read, “Congratulations Delaney”  (and of course “I heart Mustaches”) and 2. about 80 little munchkins that had used sharpies to stache themselves.
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Her 2nd grade teacher let the kids know that Delaney has been on quite the journey the past three years, and that a lot of them have been on that journey with her since kindergarten.  She pointed out to the students that they all got to learn about courage this year because one of the students displayed it all year long.  “Who was that student, class?” she asked, “DELANEY!!!” they all yelled. And then, with all the kids sitting on the carpet, she read them all a book titled, “Courage.”
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When she was done, Delaney’s kindergarten teacher came up and spoke to the kids.  She told them just like she had taught them reading, writing, and their math, Delaney had taught them perseverance, inspiration, and courage. Then Delaney’s first grade teacher came up and read her a card that had both her and Delaney’s mom tearing up.
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Then they asked us if we wanted to say anything.  We thanked the kids for always being there for Delaney and for being such good friends to her.  I let them know that throughout their lives they would have opportunities to stand up for people that couldn’t stand up for themselves and that their parents, teachers, and all of us would be proud if they continued to do what is right.

Then everyone marched outside where each classroom had helium filled biodegradable orange balloons.  As the balloons flew up into the sky it represented Delaney’s cancer flying away.  Then, my favorite part of the whole day happened.  Without any prompting, the kids broke into an impromptu chant of, “Let’s go Delaney, let’s go!”

Such amazing, courageous kids at an incredible school with loving teachers and staff that have been so good to Delaney and our family.  Blessed indeed.
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Cows (and cool kids) for joy!!!

Delaney has been quite the rockstar the past couple of weeks. Well… a star anyway. She got to be the student of the week for her classroom. She got to make a poster about her family, favorite things, and what super power she would want to have (I’ll tell you so you can get some sleep tonight: shapeshifting). My wife and I love how whenever she gets these opportunities to talk about herself, she’ll tell people about her three sisters, her dog, and even her two guinea pigs, but never about cancer or being sick. As part of the Student of the Week fun all of her classmates wrote notes to her and the teacher put them in a little book for her.</

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Here is a sampling:

Dear Delaney,

You are funny. You are nice. You are fun.

From, Dakota.

Dear Delaney,

You are a great frend.

You are sweep to peple and I love your posetr.

From Hans.

Dear Delaney,

You are Kool and I tenk you aer spesrol.

(this one had the star colored in and the words “smell this”—what are these little hoodlums into anyway???)

Dear Delaney,

You are a very good friend. You are very nice. Your poster and book, casts, and Trindan Halliday gloves were very cool! Your awesome Delaney! (with a pic of a cow saying “moo”).</
I like this one too with 5 cows added and the words, “Cows for joy!”
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There were actually lots of cows and lots of love from these little first graders.

Speaking of cool kids, one of Delaney’s very best friends came to Friday’s chemo appointment. They were so excited as her little buddy Sawyer got to experience it with her. They weighed Delaney then weighed Sawyer. Measured Delaney then measured Sawyer. Gave Delaney chemo, then gave Sawyer chemo. Okay not really, but you get the idea. As I watched the two of them laughing and goofing and having so much fun at her appointment to get chemotherapy, it made me realize that life is what you make it. Why NOT have fun? As my buddy Willy Shakespeare says all the time, “There is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so.” Once again Delaney is helping me learn the valuable lesson of perspective. Cows for joy!!!
Here is a pic of the little goofballs:
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