This is the hand print of my youngest son.
On the weekend, I went out for my final training ride… before my 200km Ride To Conquer Cancer fundraiser.
I returned home in the afternoon and found my husband and my three boys in the backyard, happily doing odd jobs in the garden, and generally messing around in the cool, spring sunshine.
The youngest of my children is Liam, who is 4.5 years old. He was making a huge mess with crunched up blue chalk and a puddle of water, and he proudly showed me how he was making hand prints all over the paving in the backyard.
I was very struck by his hand print. Because on my long, quiet ride, I was thinking about WHY I am raising funds for cancer research.
His hand print said, “I am here! I am alive!”
My son and I, and my whole family, are so FULL of life.
We are doing stuff. Loving, eating, arguing, questioning, explaining, playing, laughing, growing older and wiser. And we can do all of this because we have such good health. This is what life is about. Being. Being together, and having a new opportunity to have more BEING each new day.
My husband has almost died of cancer twice, and survived each time only because of the research that had been done into cancer treatments. He and my family are BEING each day because of that research.
So… This is WHY I am riding.
This is my hand print on the world. I am saying to the universe… ” I am alive, and thank you for that!”
And I know that the money that you and I have raised is going to help some mum, dad, son or daughter, keep on BEING somewhere, sometime in the future.
My ride is this weekend (5 more days!)!
You can still make your own gift to the cause here.
Thanks so much!