From the last week…
Angela is watching Hallmark Channel, a part of the Christmas in July series they ran. She’s been kinda blue the last few days. When we couldn’t get some donuts from her favorite local shop and the first grocery store we went to didn’t have the Smartfood Caramel and Cheddar popcorn that she recently took a liking too, she nearly flipped her lid. So, after I got her and the kid home, I went to the local Walmart, after getting an in-stock indication for the popcorn on their website, to see if I could find some.
In the chip aisle, I search in vain, behind other bags of popcorn, even looking above in the overstock area. There was none. F**k!
Pissed, I head towards the front of the store. As I approach one of their everpresent (and annoying) four-sided fixtures in the middle of the aisle, I see the blue bags of the Smartfood popcorn that I sought!
I quickly got a shopping cart and loaded up NINE bags of this stuff. I mean why the hell not? If she’s not going to be around long, why not?
As I made my way towards the self-checkout, I could care less what anyone thought.
What made it all worth it?
The look on her face when I got into the house and hoisted the bags of popcorn in the air.
It was priceless. A mix of joy and incredulity washed over her face. And she smiled the biggest I’d seen in a few days, that beautiful smile she has. Beaming from ear to ear.
She couldn’t believe it. It’s an image I now have seared in my mind. And, I love that I could make it happen and she received it so well.
And yet, I still can’t believe we have a limited amount of time because of this cancer. It’s ever present in mind. Hanging like a gray cloud.
How can you help?
If you’d like to help create a little more joy during Angela’s remaining time with us, feel free to contribute to her GoFundMe (set up by her stepmother): https://www.gofundme.com/advocating-angelaainbinder