Oh yeah……diabetes……that?……yeah; no—-it does not go away. Kaitlyn came to visit with us last weekend. If you don’t know my daughter I will let you in on the fact that I have stated a million times; that she is the type of person who honestly becomes excited when opening stocking stuffer gifts at Christmas time. She just loves life and her love for life is infectious. Always was……..and hope it always will be.
Kaitlyn was in town to shop for a wedding gown, which she did with her mom. Her excitement was evident and off they went. When she speaks of Andre, her fiance; what’s new at work; or her wedding plans……..you feel all she feels as all of the excitement just shines out of Kaitlyn. When you say her name to people, they usually smile. Kaitlyn does that to people. Just like her mom.
We have always taught our kids that wherever they go to leave te place better than when they arrived. I dropped her off at the airport and returned home. The house surely felt a little emptier than it was just hours before. As I ‘busied’ myself I went into Kaitlyn’s room and saw the juice box as I pictured it above,
I sat on the bed and cried.
It served as a reminder that the work we started is not done. It cannot BE DONE until our kids are cured. Kaitlyn has been out of the house now for years, and yet the juice box that remained, served as a stark reminder that no matter what she does; no matter the successes she has at work, in life, and reaching personal goals the fact remains that she crashes through diabetes ‘to get it all done’ and it reminds me yet, again, she still lives with the beast that moved in when she was just 2, over 25 years ago. I’ve not forgotten and, surely, neither has she.
So when people ask me why I’m still ‘at this’ with the same energy I’ve had since day one, my answer is simple……because I hate the juice box on the nightstand. Always did, always will. When the juice box goes away…….I’ll take a break………not one second before. Because I promised her that on September 26th, 1992……and that promise is sill as strong on May 18th, 2017. We will get there baby….daddy promises. Still. Kknn.
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