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Be Your Friend with Cancer's Super-Hero-Fairy-Godmother

“Hi," she said. "I’m at the grocery store. Open up your fridge and cabinets right now and tell me what five things you are almost out of. I’ll drop them off on my way home in 15-minutes.”

This is what my super-hero fairy-Godmother said to me on the phone.

photo credit Fiona Smallwood

It was Feb 2009. We were in the middle of Art’s second fight with cancer. I had just gotten home from the hospital where Art was admitted that day… again.

I had put water on the stove to make pasta only to discover we were out of pasta and… rice and …. milk and ...veggies for the kids’ lunches tomorrow.

I was sitting at the kitchen table, head in my hands trying to gather the strength to go back out and get "one more thing."

This was not unusual. Being a cancer caregiver had scrambled my already mom-scrambled brain. I left places with out kids. I dropped off kids and forgot who they were with. I once drove 45-minutes to the hospital when I meant to drive 15-minutes to pick up my youngest son ... in the opposite direction.

And while friends did grocery shop for us, I often forget to put items on the list, swearing that I already had enough.

And eating lasagna again or ordering pizza again was not an option. Her phone call made me believe in God again! :)

So the next time you're at the grocery store, go beyond the casserole. Be her emergency food supplier.

Be the super-hero-fairy-godmother. It's a good look on you.

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