Friday, November 2, 2012

An act of kindness

that brought tears to my eyes!

I work in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  On Halloween, all pediatric patients who are able, participate in a parade down our long hallway.  The hallway is decked in Halloween decorations, some employees dress up in costumes, and we hand out candy and favors to the children.  For those children unable to participate, the employees in the unit collect bags of treats to give to them later.

One of my friends, Jennifer, oh, this woman is amazing.  She has two small children at home, a demanding job, yet she still finds time for her passion of quilting and sewing.  For Halloween, she made cute little stuffed fish.  She handed them out to the children.

One small boy, a patient in Pediatric Intensive Care, lost his and was heartbroken.  Jennifer found out about it.  She went home, made another one overnight and today she took it to the young boy in his hospital bed.

The child's mother gave her a hug and both of them had tears in their eyes.

I am a sucker for dogs and little kids.  I have to be honest.  It is hard for me to be there for the Halloween parade.  Folks, there are some sad cases being wheeled by.  Seeing little children suffer is difficult.  But at the same time, even the most desperate cases truly enjoy the parade and the special attention.

God bless you, Jennifer.

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