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February 13, 2013 - Kristy MacKaben
Want to know what I usually gave up for Lent as kid? Chocolate. Yes. I know. Pretty generic. So, when Julie proclaimed last night that she wanted to give something up for Lent, I was thinking it would be something along the lines of sweets. (For the record, I didn't ask her to give up anything. I was raised Catholic, but we are not raising our children Catholic, though I still follow some Catholic traditions in terms of Lent.) Instead, she said something unbelievably profound for a 7-year-old. "Money. I want to give up all my money and give it to people who have Cancer," Julie told me matter-of-factly. I was speechless....and proud. We had recently been talking about one of Scott's former co-workers in Altoona who was just diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer. (She didn't smoke, and no one in her family smoked.) The family is hopeful, but a lot of treatment lies in her future. Julie knows this woman, who by the way, is an amazing person. And, I think this really impacted Julie. She truly wanted to make a difference. Obviously Julie's entire life savings of $33 isn't going to go very far in terms of helping with a woman's Cancer treatments and medical bills. But, Julie really "got" the idea behind Lent. Sure. Sacrificing chocolate might make you healthier for a month. Giving all your money to help someone else is completely symbolic in ways Julie can't yet comprehend. Scott said it best last night when he told Julie before bed "I feel lucky to be your dad." Ditto from me.
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