Thursday, May 12

That's MY Child!

Dominic is five years old. He is battling brain cancer. His mother left her job so she could be with her child in the hospital while he fights for his life.

The twinnies school has rallied around Dominic and his family. They have done fundraiser after fundraiser in order to raise money to ease the burden that this family is facing. It's a true (and pure) example of a community coming together in a crisis. And it makes me proud.

The kindergarten teacher asked me if the twins would speak in front of the local high school (in two different assemblies) about Dominic. The hope was to sell bracelets, and have the proceeds go to Dominic's family.

I was very worried.

I was worried that the girls would see this as an opportunity to impress and amaze such a large audience with their singing and dancing abilities. I was also worried that they would have stage fright, and freeze.

I decided that I needed to be there, just in case. Because I'm have absolutely no problem rescuing my children if they are scared. No problem, at all.

The morning that they were supposed to talk in front of the school, Katie started throwing up. I thought for sure that she would rally, but she didn't. She threw up twice in the car on the way to the high school (and once in the parking lot). This meant that Bethie would have to do both talks on her own. And this terrified me!

I videotaped both of her "speeches". Warning: I apparently SUCK at videotaping.

Ta da:

video

I have never been more proud of my child!

On the way back to the car, Bethie said "I was scared, but I just kept on going". And I loved her even more.

Katie and Sarah also participated:

Katie and Mum

Sarah...wouldn't you give this child $2???

Truth is, I was proud of them, too!

5 comments:

Double the Giggles said...

I'm proud, too, and she's not even mine!! Melts my heart to see her so confident up there in front of the crowd. LOVE LOVE LOVE how she runs to you with a smile after each of her speeches ;)

Alicia said...

This is amazing Gwen. She did such a great job! It gives me goose bumps. I feel such pride for you. You are raising some fine young women :)

Bibliomama said...

Awesome. And I would have given her five.

Yabut said...

I'm so glad you have that on tape. It's likely the beginning of her speaking career! Way to go Bethie!

Gwen said...

Thank you all. I am very proud of my little girl.