The night before my surgery Stephen and I sat on the couch in the hotel room. I was numb and trying to Pause. Breathe. Pray. my way through the tension I felt. We received loving texts from family and friends which wee helpful. We also unexpectedly received videos from loved ones. Some made us laugh, some made us cry but they all poured love into our hearts.
One video we received wasn't actually for us. It was for our son. My best friend since Kindergarten, Paula Sue, by chance works with one of my son's favorite athletes, Curtis Granderson from the NY Mets. Stephen (a lifelong Mets fan) and I sat there in awe as we watched Curtis share a personalized message to our son about my upcoming surgery. We were so touched.
We couldn't FaceTime our son fast enough. We were able to watch him watch the video from our couch in Boston. To see the expression on his face was priceless. Seeing how the video infused joy into his heart, and our other children's hearts too, brought happy tears to my eyes.
We were touched that Paula and Curtis took the time to do that for us. Then they surprised us again....
Yesterday, thanks to Curtis Granderson, a Mets liaison Donavan, and Paula, our family had the opportunity to experience a Mets game from a unique perspective. To see my family watch batting practice from the side of the field, walk through he dugout, and shake hands with Curtis Granderson was such a gift. The pure joy that radiated from my husband and children is captured in my heart forever. I just kept thinking to myself how grateful I am to be here to experience this with my family.
Not only was it a blessing to capture the memories we made yesterday, it is wonderful for our children to meet an athlete like Curtis who does so much philanthropic work off the field. His foundation, The Grand Kids, aids youth development through education and movement. His Grand Giving Campaign also is focused on ending hunger in his home city of Chicago and in his home during the baseball season, New York.
Stephen and I do our best to teach our kids that we are here to use our unique gifts/skills and also to do what we can, when we can to help those in need. It is a blessing for our children to have someone like Curtis to look up to and see him using his gifts/skills in baseball and also how he is using his position as an athlete to help make a positive impact for those in need around him. He is the kind of athlete we want them to look up to.
Thank you Paula, Donavan and Curtis for the memories made. We are so grateful!
Let's Go Mets! ⚾️