Monday, September 28, 2009

The Bald Buddies


The Bald Buddies

When I think back to when I was a kid, there are certain events that just stick. Occasions that I'll always remember. Saturday night, after their flag football game will be one of those moments for my boys.

When we moved to tiny town four years ago, Tate (red shirt, 2nd from right)was one of the first friends Noah made. To meet Tate is to love him, it's pretty much that simple. This Summer Tate found out that he has Hodgkin's Lymphoma stage 3. The fight is on. As the boys learned about Chemo, and why it was necessary to make Tate better, they learned that it was likely Tate would lose his hair. Without batting an eye, the boys were certain they should shave their heads too so that Tate didn't have to do it alone.

Kids are amazing little creatures. As I heard of Tate's diagnosis, my first thought was how unfair it was. I wrestle with the reality of it, almost unable to wrap my head around it, yet those boys...they just knew they needed to join him, to let him know he's not in it alone.

And that's what they did.

Ben shaved the heads of eight little boys Saturday night. It was a night filled with laughter...I'm pretty sure all of tiny town heard us. It's a night none of us will forget.

This morning, as my bald headed little boys hurried to find stocking hats to cover their cold heads, I smiled, wishing I could be in the classroom today as those bald headed little guys arrived, smiling about the way they now feel bonded together. Bald Buddies.

33 comments:

  1. this is something they will always remember... being a real friend!

    this is awesome!

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  2. That is an awesome thing they are doing.
    I'm so glad that I got to read this today!
    Thanks Sarah for sharing it with us!

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  3. They are already so strong beyond their years....that is awesome.

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  4. It brought tears to my eyes this morning. Those are good buddies! Prayers for Tate.
    -FringeGirl

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  5. Good friends. Good kids. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. That is so precious. And you're right, I doubt any of them will ever forget it. What a tender, precious thing to do for Tate.

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  7. awwwwww. that is precious! love it.

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  8. "Kids are amazing little creatures."
    Isn't that the truth? They are amazing little creatures because of the parents who mold them, with the help of their Father. Good job, mom.

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  9. I think that is just precious! Of course being boys, they won't think that, so I think they are all very *cool*!!
    And I am certain they are a huge blessing to Tate!!

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  10. Woo...gettin' a little misty-eyed right about now. I'm so glad you shared this with us, Sarah...and I LOVED the picture...you're right, this memory will surely stick with your boys for years to come...praying for Tate and thanking God for these friendships that will encourage him along the way. :)

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  11. Just read this to Jim. Pretty much couldn't contain myself...now I have a runny nose AND runny eyeballs. ;) Being in Colorado, I'd say it must be the altitude...but, I know the truth...these little guys touched my heart today, too. :)

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  12. Wow - this was such a cool post Sarah! How amazing!

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  13. Linked you today...just couldn't keep this to myself!

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  14. The bonded with the bald! I love it. They're adorable of course.

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  15. what AWESOME buddies - beautiful story:)

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  16. Now that's friendship. What a touching story!

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  17. How awesome is that. Kids are so cool!!!

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  18. I followed Sarah's link...love this sweet story of friendship and Christ-like brotherly love! My brother-in-law is a stage 3 Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor of 18 months now! Lots of prayers of prayers for this little guy! Keep supporting him...that chemo can be a booger!

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  19. Amazing...touching! Very cool!

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  20. Very cool! Definitely made a memory!

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  21. How sweet! What a great group of friends to offer such support.

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  22. I love our town and it's people!!

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  23. When we least expect it they make us proud parents. Our town is AWESOME!!! God is going to work through us and in this town and neighboring towns.

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  24. My friend Sarah E shared this on her blog. Wow, now those are TRUE FRIENDS. I pray that Tate will stay strong throughout this fight. Looks like he's got a few little soldiers to help him along the way!

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  25. Aww, so amazingly sweet!!! What special little guys!

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  26. This is an amazingly beautiful story!! Congratulations to these precious boys!!!

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