Our holiday travel was fraught with flight delays and cancellations, re-routes and changes in plans. When we finally made it onto the plane, my husband and I were a little cranky. We flopped into our seats, snapped on our seat belts, and sighed. But as we took off, our 20 month old daughter looked out the window and shouted “the sun!” For the next 10 minutes, she was glued to the window, totally enamored by the the magical sunset above the clouds. She excitedly shouted, “Oooooh, the clouds! Ooooh, the sun!”
It gave my husband and I pause. She was absolutely right. It was an astonishingly beautiful sunset. And as I watched her gaze out the window, I realized that my daughter was having a “Be Loud” moment (in addition to actually being LOUD!). It reminded me and her Dad to stop, breathe, and look up to notice the world around us.
It struck me that these types of everyday moments are what we’re working to offer to our Adolescent and Young Adult cancer patients. We want them to have more sunsets, more music, more laughter, more time outside, more normalcy, and more of their own life.
May 2016 be filled with these moments and so much more. Happy New Year Be Loud! Community!