Sunday, December 7, 2008
"Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls." ~David Thomas
Speechless,absolutely speechless.The scene today at Zoey's Cut-A-Thon was nothing short of amazing.Mark went first,shortly after it began and called me immediately.I could not hear or understand him through his tears.He arrived to find that 100 people had started lining up at 9:30 for an event that began at 11:oo.People signed in and waited,some for hours and at the end of the day,some in the rain.People came from miles away.Mostly strangers.They came because they read of a little girl.One that they have never even met but they felt drawn to nonetheless. Perhaps it was her smile and glint in her eye.Perhaps it was her story of courage and resiliency.Whatever the the reason,they came.One darling couple,who spoke of their only child,a daughter, who was 65 and living in Hong Kong.I give you these details to give you an idea of their age.But age did not matter, as the spirit that they emitted, was absolutely ageless. They waited and poured coffee and waited some more.Stylists cut person,after person,after person.All day long.People volunteered their time to wash hair,sweep floors and sell raffle tickets.Spent literally hours taking down names and calling them one by one as it became their turn,They kept food and drink flowing. Stylists came from other salons.All for Zoey.And the rest of us too.I was touched beyond words as I arrived to find people lined up,sitting in chairs along the sidewalk,chatting with strangers beside them helping to pass the time.Some were reading books.Some were reading the newspaper and all of them kept on waiting. There were bagels,pasta,coffee,drinks,goodies ...all donated.I have story after story I could tell but each of them special in their own right,I would hate to include one and leave any of the others out.Suffice it to say,Mark and I were reduced to tears at several times throughout the day.The only thing missing .... Zoey.I wish she could have been there.She so loves people.If she had come, she would have met a few new "friends" just like her.One is Hope,daughter of one of the incredible friends that made this day possible.Another one was Caitlin who, like Zoey, came into this world with a multitude of issues but today is a 14 year old healthy, happy young lady.Then there was Harrison.A 1 1/2 year old cutie.Who's mom and dad and older sister stayed all day and filled the place with their positive attitudes and endearing personalities.My friends,our friends,old and new, showed us the beauty of the human spirit.True unconditional love.Every single person went above and beyond and today,like many times in the past,I was so proud to be a part of such a generous,unselfish,loving community.Tonight I go to bed with my head full of wonderful memories and my heart filled with immense gratitude for a day that was overflowing with love because of this miracle we call our tiny warrior.Zoey and I are off to Children's tomorrow.Take two, on Round Two.I really hope it is a go this time as we are anxious to get things going again.The sooner we do,the sooner we say goodbye to this latest leg of Zoey's journey.I will keep you posted as the day progresses.Please keep the little love in your prayers,as I know so many of you always do.To our family and our friends and to our community of Camarillo and beyond,we love you and thank you from the deepest parts of our hearts.