For those of you who don’t know, I have 2 year old twins — one boy and one girl. They’re awesome. Such personalities and learning everyday. I don’t really think I take them for granted, but last Saturday night I met Maddie Price, Maddie is a 6 year old girl who is staying with her family at the Ronald McDonald house in St. Louis. Originally from Florida, they have spent the last 5 months in St. Louis waiting for a heart transplant. As a parent, my heart broke for this little girl and her family. I can’t imagine what they have gone through in the last 6 years, but her mother divulged that she has had 3 heart attacks and congestive heart failure in the last year.
This chance meeting has also made me look at my students differently. They have made it through to their teens and many are looking to graduate in a few months. I wish for them to never have to go through what Maddie and her family have gone through.