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.