Sunday, February 13, 2011

River - Thinking about Amelia Newsom

Day 39 of 365

For Newbies: Here's how the story begins:

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb or anyone who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "When our people friends are in need of help, we talk about it."

River has two very cool, very pretty friends named Linda and Lori. Linda and Lori are partners and they are extreme dog lovers (and cat lovers). When River was sick, they came to see her early on bringing breakfast pizza, humor, and lots of pets. I was thankful to them because they broke up the intense coma I was in (and my partner) over the intense care we were giving River. I was in the house for almost three weeks straight. It was Christmas and just plain hard.

Too much worry can make you mad. They came at just the right time. Thank God!

Friends like good neighbors and family know when to show up.

So, today our story isn't about our vision quest, per se. It is about Linda Newsom and her mother, Amelia. Amelia has been through the wringer physically and emotionally and at the root of saving her life is her son, Kenny, who tomorrow will give a part of his liver to her to save his mom's life. How's that for miracles?

I get chills to write that. I have watched Linda struggle this last year emotionally as the roller coaster ride of getting a transplant comes with test, re-test, yes, no, maybe, we'll see, we're not quite sure today but maybe tomorrow, ad nauseum. I really don't know how she's kept her sanity during the tumult that families go through when a loved one is critically ill.

Recently, Linda told me that her mom has read my books. It struck a chord in me. I wish River were able to visit her in the hospital. But, I guess this blog will have to serve as a kind of conduit from all of us here to Linda and her family - Amelia and Kenny.

Brave, brave people are all around us...not just in newspapers or magazines or books or TV or the movies. They are in our neighborhoods, in the grocery store, the guy you passed on the street, the woman sitting next to you in a theater. The unknowns.

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. It is National Organ Donor Day - Ironically - Wow!

River wants to say (if she could find the words)...Go, Amelia, Go! Go, Kenny, Go! We love your indomitable spirits. She probably doesn't know the word, "indomitable."

But, she knows what it means to have courage and to be brave even when you can't see the trail ahead.

God Bless Amelia Newsom and Kenny Newsom....and my friend, Linda.

More tomorrow.


Ruth and River

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