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Sunday, September 12, 2010


At bedtime tonight, I gave Jack a new toothbrush.

He didn’t like the toothbrush and asked for a different one. I refused the request.

“But, mom, I don’t want this toothbrush!” he whined.

“You get what you get, and you don’t get upset,” I reminded him.

It was the end of a long, full day, and Jack was tired. He melted down into an “Oh, woe is me” moment.

“How come all the bad stuff happens to me?” he groaned. “Madeline and Max got better toothbrushes than I did. This summer, I got embarrassed at the water park. One time, a kid at school got mud all over me, and remember that time I got kicked really hard with a soccer ball? All the bad stuff happens to me.”

He mentioned not one word about his diabetes. I was astounded. To me, his diabetes is “the bad stuff.” Neither his sister nor his brother has the disease. How is it possible that when he thinks of "the bad stuff," he forgets about his diabetes?

It's a good thing that "the bad stuff" for him is just normal kid stuff.

He’s been in bed now for two hours now, and I'm still shaking my head, still trying to understand. Perhaps he's better adjusted than I.


Denise said...

I think that it is another example that D is just part of their life, not really good or bad. I really think that as a mom, we take on all the pain and frustration of it...afterall, we are the ones having to analyze the numbers and make sure our kids get to be just that, kids. So while you are shaking your head in amazement, pat yourself on the back for a job well done mama!

Wendy said...


He is amazing...that's why :)

Tracy (The Crazy Pancreas) said...

Ditto what Wendy said. He is amazing. :-)

Jen said...

Wow! I love that D was not part of that list of bad things..What an amazing little guy!

Donna ((Sweet Momma)) said...

What a cool kid!
I think this is just proof that D is just part of our kids... they dont think of it as something that "happened" to them or is even "happening" to them... its just part of THEM. And therefore they accept.
I just want to give him a big ole bear hug right now!!!

Misty said...

Awesome! Jack is amazing...but that is a reflection of the job that his parents have done. Way to go Mama Pancreas!

Meri said...

What a cutie. One of my guys gets into the "everything happens to me" mood sometimes too. But the next thing you know, he is over it! Good mama sticking to your guns!

Heather said...

I think it is wonderful he didn't think of D! How adorable.

Reyna said...

You know...Joe does the same. He doesn't really even think of it as good or bad. It just "is". I wonder when they become the "permanent" pancreas...doing all the "d" care if their perspective will change at all?