We let our kids eat ice cream for breakfast today. A friend of ours started the event, "Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day" to honor the children who have fought or are fighting cancer. Surprisingly, our youngest son was the only one in our family who didn't participate. I had leftover baked oatmeal from the previous day's breakfast which was nicely topped with the ice cream and some berries.
We've had some friends who have gone through cancer battles with their children. It's always hard when adults have to battle cancer. Children shouldn't have to do it at all. But they do.
So the simple child-like act of eating ice cream for breakfast reminds us of the sweetness of life.
At the end of this week our family will be walking at the Mall of America (one of the few times we go there) to join good friends at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's walk to stamp out diabetes. I believe this is our fourth time walking. Anders' best friend from Kindergarten was diagnosed with diabetes right after his birthday at the end of that school year. We saw our friends struggle with helping their young child prick his finger to test his blood several times daily as well as having to give himself shots. Technological and medical advances have improved it for him, but it's still not easy for an elementary-school student to cope with each day.
There are plenty of diseases out there that effect too many of our friends, family, and loved ones. We aren't able to join in every cause to support them or stamp out those diseases, but we try to when we can. Especially when children are involved. So until cures are found, we'll keep on walking and eating our ice cream.