Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Sweetest Moment Yet

One day, I went down to the dock to say bye to a few of my Gateway friends who were going home for vacation(though ended up coming back... that's another story though);) Once I got down to the dock, I realized that there was a very familiar face being held by a nurse friend of mine. One of my little guys from the ward- Jonathan was back for a post-op checkup. Now, I hadn't seen this little man since he left to go to the hope center, which I unfortunately never seem to get to, so I was VERY excited to see him. He grabbed on to me and didn't let go for quite some time.
As I took him back to the tent to give him back to his mom where she was waiting, another very familiar face came RUNNING out from the tent and gave me a big old hug. We need some backstory....

In March, I helped out with the surgical screening, which I wrote about after it happened. There was a little boy who was about 5 years old there with a cleft lip. His little brother was 1 and to die for as well. I ended up waiting for quite some time with them as they waited to be screened, then given an appointment card, and put into the system. I wrote down that they'd be coming to the ship on August 22, and when I was down on the dock, I knew in the back of my mind that it was indeed the 22nd, but I'd forgotten until I saw this smiling little boy running for me. It was by far one of the sweetest moments yet. He was so excited- as was his mom. His little brother was exhausted and not so excited, but you know.. that's to be expected. I got to spend time with this little man on the ward pre and post op and it was a joy to be with him. It was a little tough because he didn't speak English, but it was a great time all around:)

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