The last two days of Hope in Focus have been a little different than previous days. I actually haven’t had participants! This is something we expected to happen with the setting we’re working in and the population of kids. The whole children’s hospital only had 4 kids yesterday, which is actually really great! That means less kiddos are in the hospital. But it does mean the number of participants we may have drops. But hey, I’d rather have healthy kids that don’t need the project rather than a bunch of ill ones that do, ya know? 🙂 Feeling really grateful for that.
And that’s one of the reasons I’m fine with not having participants. Before the project people had asked about this being a potential issue. I responded saying that whatever happens and no matter how many participants I have each day, it’s that way for a reason, because God wants what’s best for these kids. So it’s a blessing that we don’t have many kids right now. There are currently more healthy kids than unhealthy ones, and that’s a reason to celebrate!
I’ve luckily been able to visit a few of the kids in their rooms who aren’t feeling well enough to participate. We just color and talk. It’s really simple, but really special. A lot of times it’s when parents need to go home or to their hotel to shower or get some food or more clothes for them and their kids. That way, if the kiddos aren’t tired enough to sleep, I get to spend time with them and give them someone to talk to and a few things to do. And hopefully I get to help take their mind off their situation, even if it’s only for a moment or two.
Sometimes all we talk about is Ninja Turtles. Sometimes it’s only for 10 minutes. But hey, I’d rather talk about Ninja Turtles for 10 minutes than sit in a hospital room by myself.
Sometimes it’s talking about their illness. Sometimes it’s getting their mind off the treatment they’re about to receive. Whatever the reason, I’m glad I’m there.
There’s only two days of the project left, and to be honest I don’t like that thought. The hospital has grown on me, even with all it’s confusing skywalks and white walls. It’s the people that make it great; the nurses, doctors, patients, family members and coffee cart cashiers. The random elevator conversations (that 97% of the time are so very awkward but wonderful too). The quiet hallways. The friendly volunteer faces. The (slightly random) piano player in the lobby that fills the whole floor with stunning music. These are the things I’ll miss most.
Thanks for coming along on the journey. Happy Thursday, friends!
Photo by Olivia Erickson of Liv Photography