Soap it seems! I recently made a commitment to a little boy. He’s a special little boy, as I’m sure they all are. This little man is 5 years old and wise beyond his years and sadly is having to grow up way too soon. For some reason this special little man has a brain tumor and although I have not met him as a nurse I know how this can and will affect his life. He and his parents now a have a new set of worries. Gone are the usual worries of having a child, skinned knees and such. Those seem so minor compared to what may or may not happen in his future.
I whine about my thumbs hurting from milking the goat or my hamstring not healing as fast as I want it to but those complaints have nothing to do with my daughter. She’s 20 now but I remember all the struggles with her health when she was little: monthly IVIg infusions, high fevers, broken bones, oral surgeries, and various snotty noses. Always I knew in the end she would be OK. And she is! But would I be able to handle something as serious as a brain tumor? I’m glad I never had to find out.
So how does this all factor into a weekend and soap? Well numerous friends of this family are doing fundraisers to help with the mounting medical bills and I sat there feeling helpless. What could I do to help raise money? And then it hit me! What do I do well? I make soap! So we asked this adorable little man his favorite “flavor” and he said peppermint patty! The symbol for the pediatric brain tumor foundation is a star and he obviously is a star! So I am spending each weekend making star shaped peppermint patty soaps to sell to raise money for them! It’s a labor of love. It makes me feel like I am doing something good for someone who needs something good. Maybe the best way to feel good about yourself is to make someone else feel good? I like knowing however small this gift/donation may be it will be welcomed and appreciated. Maybe more often than not we should all spend some time helping others? I can’t wait until Holmes gets his own bar of soap. I hope he thinks its a cool as I think he is!