A couple of weeks ago, I asked my daughter to paint the words “Gold” and “Hope” for me. I was working on a still life project, and wanted to include the painted words. She asked me what they were for, and at first I said; “just a project”. So she happily painted, and then paused. She asked “But why these words?” So I decided to talk to her about the Gold Hope project, and she really listened. I told her about the photographer I had met in a group who had lost a daughter to cancer. I told her how Ava like gold and glitter. I told her this special lady now helps other families. She asked the smartest questions as she kept on painting. She asked why we didn’t know the cause of cancer. Why did it affect children? She asked about Ava and her family. It was unfamiliar territory for me, but I answered honestly. I wasn’t sure where the conversation was going, so I kept listening to her questions and hoping I was answering as truthfully as possible. She finished the paintings, and asked if she could keep painting. I went about making dinner, and then she called out to me, “Mum, how do you spell cancer?”. I spelt it out for her, and then went to see what she had painted. It said “stop cancer” with a big love heart in the middle. I was floored. She asked me to send it to Cynthia, and it is in the post on it’s way in the mail. I realized in that moment that we are doing a good job as parents. She is growing up to be a kind-hearted person, and I feel blessed to be part of her journey. My eyes filled with tears. I gave her a hug, and went about my routine with a full heart.
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