|My niece in the PICU at UNC-Chapel Hill|
Here is a note I wrote her during a particularly difficult week:
Hang in there. We need you. There are so many things left to experience. Unfortunately, you have only seen the ugly, painful side of life, but I promise you there are days so beautiful and moments so wonderful that on those days when nothing is going right and you are slumped at the bottom of a pit with Despair, you will take them out and marvel at them, and they will give you the encouragement to get up and climb out. They will give you hope. Like the first moment I met you. Your tiny fists were clenched, and your little eyes were squeezed shut, their lids still damp, and a nurse was taking your blood. But you weren't crying. No, you were holding tight to the tenuous thread of life that all of us cling to. Cling a little longer, Avarey. There are books you haven't read, and puppies who want to lick your face, and so many things to see and to learn. Stick around; let me show you.
Love always and forever,
|She can't wear any of her cute clothes in the PICU, so|
we change her bow daily instead.