Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cell Phone Love

Recently, our youngest daughter's class had a scheduled field trip to a local historic farm and one room schoolhouse.

Since I drive our children back and forth from school each day, our youngest daughter asked if she would have the opportunity to ride the school bus.

Because to an 8-year old, riding a crowded, hot and stinky bus at the end of a long school year is FUN!

Hmmmmmmm.  I had to think about it for a nano second.  In the interest of kids first, diabetes second, how could we work this in?

Immediately, the mental list of hurdles to cross appeared in my already overworked brain.

1.)  Her aide would not be going on the field trip as I was already scheduled to chaperone. 
2.)  Who would be responsible if she needed to test her blood sugar and have a snack?
3.)  I couldn't ride the bus with her as I needed to leave by 2:30 p.m. to pick up oldest daughter at her school.
4.)  Why can't it be easy?

And to my surprise, my youngest daughter said, "I can do this Mom.  I will test my blood sugar, carry my purse and have a snack if I need one.  I will text you everything.  I promise."

Which she did.

Making it look so very easy.

When the day was over and I had time to process the events, I spent a few moments in teary-eyed wonder at the large amount of responsibility and maturity that our kids living with type 1 diabetes have.

And I also marveled at how much better of a "texter" my kid is (than me!).

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