One year ago today, we shipped SQ off to camp for the first time. It was so momentous, to send off our puzzling-and-amazing child off for 2 weeks, that we invited tons of our friends to our house to take a swim and have a drink to celebrate what we thought was going to be the highlight of the summer.
Then, at 11:30, while R and I were well into our Sangria (early morning drinking!), a miracle happened. The beeper went off. Funny thing, is, no one heard it. Nor did we hear Jay’s cell phone ring. It was A’s husband D who noticed the house phone ringing. Jay looked serious, then D looked serious. If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting A’s husband D, you would understand why we all knew this was REALLY serious, because he NEVER looks serious. And then Jay looked at the 40+ people assembled on our porch and said ‘I gotta go. That was the Dr. My lungs are ready’.
In the time it took us to go upstairs and take off our bathing suits, put on our clothes and come back down, everything was set. A had become the instant Transplant Dictator, NJ was moving in with her BFF for a few days, R was in charge of cleaning up and A’s husband D drove us to the hospital.
In the hours that followed, M and S got the news and returned from their long weekends in the country to join A and I in the waiting room for what turned out to be the most hysterical and epic night that 4 people could ever share: with our bagels and wine in an east-end hospital on St-Jean Baptiste night, laughing hysterically to keep ourselves from crying, ending in the wee hours when Jay returned to the ICU with his new lungs. Of course, in true Montreal Jewish Geography fashion, when the surgeon came to talk to me after it was over, he knew all of them AND had been getting messages/emails from half the community while he was operating!
So here we are, one year later, our world forever changed by the miracle that happened that day. Today, we invited everyone back, along with all the other friends that helped us get through last summer. Because today, we’ll put Cancer on hold and remember that we got one miracle already.
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