Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Our family celebrated yesterday with a backyard barbecue.  The kids climbed on the playset, slid down the slide together, and made up adventure games, with the oldest (seven) leading the youngest (two) across the yard and back.  They also spent a lot of time piled in the hammock like puppies, which cracked me up.  The moms and dads took turns pushing the swings and sitting in lawn chairs under the trees.  Baby Will charmed us all as he gurgled and coo’d, and walked with help from his mama.  We all had a wonderful afternoon outside, and WhyDaddy made burgers and dogs for all.

It was really nice.  And know what I enjoyed most?  The fact that although this is our annual 4th of July picnic for our mom-friends, the two-year anniversary of the one where we made up our minds to FIGHT cancer and gear up for the first chemo, scheduled for the next day, where our friends brought food, and friendship, and t-shirts that said “Team WhyMommy” that we all donned and wore for a picture and throughout the fight, that there was no talk of cancer this year.

There was no need to talk of cancer this year.

These are my friends.  They’ve been there with me.  They know the struggles I’ve been through because they’ve been through them with me.  I’ve been through tough things with them.  And now, the cancer is not a part of daily life for any of us.

8 Responses to Happy 4th of July!

  1. Joan says:

    So happy for you — you deserve it!

    Yes, one of the silver linings around the cancer cloud is that those of us who have passed through do get a renewed appreciation of nornal daily life. And we will never complain about our age on our birthdays!!

  2. Christy says:

    Happy 4th!! It is so exciting to be celebrating!

  3. upsidebackwards says:

    Hooray for normal life! And good friends, who are there through thick and thin. Happy 4th to you all.

  4. carosgram says:

    Happy Fourth! Yeaaaaaah Team Why Mommy!

  5. liz says:

    heaving a great big happy sigh of relief. cheers to many many many more wonderful holidays and great friends. without cancer.

  6. dphealthcareconsulting says:

    Special invitation to all breast cancer bloggers. This month the Being Cancer Book Club is reading “The Adventures of Cancer Bitch” by S. L. Wisenberg, “witty and relentless, surprising and honest. Wisenberg has walked through the Valley of Cancer and she is willing to tell all; this is a cornucopia of breast cancer information as well as a very smart, funny read from an excellent writer.”—Audrey Niffenegger, author, The Time Traveler’s Wife.
    Book discussions are in Mondays’ posts. Take care, Dennis

  7. NoRegrets says:

    Your independence…

  8. clifford says:

    I read nothing of hotdogs consumed at said picnic. Pourquoi?

    Checking in on ya, Sus – hope you’re good.

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