Yah know that old tv show, "Kids Say the Darndest Things?" I'm living it and loving it!
Every time a school takes on our CHANGE FOR MILES service project, I go in and talk about how their change will help people in Acadiana with cancer through Miles Perret Cancer Services. At the end, I always ask them if they have any questions. Questions --- indeed! They have a million questions running through their little brains and I just always pray that I will answer them well.
At every school, there are special, unexpected moments of wonder and joy!
One boy got right to the heart of the matter during the Q&A at my first presentation at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Lafayette: Can you die from cancer? Whoa ... that's a biggie! I looked into his big beautiful brown eyes, on that sweet little face, and told him the truth.
That same day, I asked Hunter Perret to share with the kids what he remembers most about Miles. Hunter paused for a moment, a huge smile started to grow across his face and he said, "He had the biggest cheeks!" We laughed! He made Miles real for the kids --- and the mission too!
Then there was the boy at Our Mother of Peace in Church Point. I'm answering all sorts of questions about cancer and I get to Jude Richard. Jude is a 4th grader at a school that goes up to 8th grade. He looked at me and asked, "Can I give you a dollar?" They planned on handing out the bottles in class, so I only had one with me. I said, "You get the first bottle!" WHAT A SPECIAL KID!
There are funny moments too (always are with kids!). The last question in Church Point went to an itty bitty little girl, sitting on the floor with her pre-k class. I got down to face her eye-to-eye and she looked at me and said in the sweetest, softest little girl voice, "Today is my birthday." I said, "Well girl, if today is your birthday, we need to sing to you!" The whole school serenaded her!
Kids say the darndest things!