Saturday, May 8, 2010

Monkey Stand

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I am always amazed that when I set out to teach the kids lessons- I am the one who learns so much along the way. Cancer is an energy zapper, a morale zapper and a life zapper. Yet one thing I find always rings true- You get a lot more than you lose when you give from the heart.  When you are going through cancer treatments- you have neither the time nor the energy to give anything back. I feel so blessed to be enjoying the slow pace of normal life right now. There are so many families entrenched in the battle right now that we faced last year.  I feel lucky not to be there anymore, but know I would never have gotten here without going through there.

I feel so lucky to have such amazing friends. When a month ago, I said- Hey Monica , How do you feel about a charity yard sale and lemonade stand?- She said "Let's do it- what do you need?" Never mind that in a week from now, her eldest daughter graduates from high school and a dozen family members will be descending upon her house.  Never mind that I just helped her rip up an entire room full of carpeting so she could lay laminate before her guests arrive. She merely says- "Now the carpet's out, we can store all the yard sale stuff here." Friends show up on my doorstep with trunks full of donations and checks for our cause. Friends build fancy wooden lemonade stands, when a folding table would suffice- just because you think it's cool. Friends park on the street so you have a place to store the pile of yard sale items that is growing exponentially. Friends go with you to beg for goods for your cause and help haul around 200 lbs of wood so you can build a real lemonade stand, because you thought it would be a fun experience. Friends get up at the crack of dawn after 2.5 hours of sleep to help arrange your junk in the park and then move it all back when the sprinklers ,which haven't functioned correctly in 6 months finally decide this is the morning the grass needs to be watered. Friends stick around for the whole thing and then help clean up the mess. Just because you thought it would be a good thing to do.

Thank you to all of our family and friends who have supported us through this and all of our endeavors! We raised over $1200 just today for the fight against childhood cancer!
Monkey Stand


Angela said...

I'm so happy that you are blessed with such amazing friends! I wish we lived closer!

Anonymous said...

Yeahhhh,, what an awesome job! I just love the monkey stand:)

Your Boulder Buddies:)