Two weeks ago, our family’s world turned upside down. My 7-year old granddaughter was taken to the hospital Emergency Room. Four days later, she began a treatment program for Leukemia – a total surprise for all of us. Certainly, that’s the bad news; however, my point here is the difference a close family makes in a tragedy such as this.
ꔷ The other grandchildren are spending many days and nights here with us as our son and daughter-in-law stay at the hospital.
ꔷ A blood donation plan is being set up among family and church so that she will receive only known no-vax blood.
ꔷ Financial matters are being put into place to handle what will become a very expensive process.
ꔷ At church on the following morning, much of the congregation gathered up at the altar to pray for her and strength for the family.
Imagine how much harder this would be if not for the fact that our two sons and their families live within about 4 miles of us; that we have a very strong and close church family; that our extended family are all within a 15 minute drive and ready to help in any way they can.
Pulling up stakes and moving across the country “for a better job” has become routine, but that is very short term thinking. Having a strong, stable family, all living near each other, can be a life saver. That is how our ancestors did it. We need to learn from them. Family First!
I try to keep The Southern Agrarian tightly focused on Southern Agrarianism, in the broadest sense; this is, perhaps, an exception. Now for a personal request: please consider taking a look at the web site I set up for folks to keep up with her progress, and to help if so inclined.