When I picked up the kids from school yesterday, Mia was excited to tell me that they would be participating in Jump Rope for Heart to benefit the American Heart Association. She learned about a kid named Caleb who’s had to have several open heart surgeries because of a congenital heart defect.
Mia: “Can you believe that? That sometimes children have to have surgeries on their hearts? I didn’t even know you could do that!”
Me: “Yeah, it’s upsetting to think about isn’t it? Sometimes things don’t always form the right way when babies are in their Mom’s belly. Thank goodness for doctors who know how to fix things, huh? Does Caleb go to school with you or is he a kid that you learned about through the program?”
Mia: “No, he doesn’t go to school with us but I feel like I KNOW him. I want to help him. They want to try to collect donations. I think they mostly want money but they’ll probably take blood too. I don’t want to give them my blood because I need it but you can give him some of yours…just put it in a Ziploc bag and I’ll take it to school on Monday. I bet they can give it to his doctors for his next surgery.”
Me: “Ummmm…I don’t think it works that way, honey. We can definitely make a money donation, though. How about that?”
Mia: “Yeah…you probably need your blood too because Norah still drinks your boobie milk (the hell?). Okay, we can give just money but can we please give a lot? Like one million jillion dollars?”
Me: “How about $20?”
Mia: “That’s not much, Mom, but fine- whatever…if that’s the best you can do, I guess they’ll just have to be happy with a little bit of money and no blood.”