|sometimes, life is worthwhile
||[Jan. 26th, 2003|12:59 pm]
this really, truly happened today. it sounds like a scene from a bad Lifetime movie, but i am not making this up. really.|
today, i went to the supermarket early, and i do mean early, to avoid the superbowl snack binging public. it was still zooey, even at 8am on a sunday. i was getting a bit cranky, but, knowing my mission, i took a deep breath and plowed on. i waited on line behind two elderly ladies who were just slower than slow. but i bit my lip and continued. when i got to the front of the line, the cashier, a tough-looking man with a shaved head, said hello and was quite nice, so i was quite nice back. he saw my protruding belly.
"ma'am, forgive me for asking, but have you ever heard about the cord blood registry?"
"why yes. as a matter of fact, when our daughter was born, we donated her cord blood, stem cells and all, to NIH for a program they sponsored to provide that for experimental cancer and leukemia treatments."
suddenly, the tough-looking cashier broke into a smile. "ma'am," he said, turning to the side and pulling out a portrait of a little girl and a bald little boy, " this is my son, ian. he has been on the experimental stem cell therapy now for his cancer, and it is helping him so much. you are an angel, and i am so honored to meet someone like you who has done so much for people like us. we don't have a lot of money, and this stuff is very expensive, so we really depend on this sort of thing."
i nearly started to cry. "sir, i am the one who is honored to know you and know that this sort of thing really does help people. if they let me, i will be honored to donate the cord blood from this baby to the registry again. it makes me feel so wonderful knowing this this is helping your son, i cannot begin to tell you."
"my daughter (who could not have been more than 9) has donated 7 times to help her brother. we are just so grateful for people who donate. i am just so glad i have the opportunity to thank you. it is like G-d sent you to my line so that i could have the pleasure of thanking you," he said. "G-d bless you, ma'am."
"G-d bless you and your family, sir," i said.
now everyone out there, repeat after me: i am so lucky, i am so lucky, i am SO lucky.
there, but for the grace of G-d, goes all of us.