I went to my oldest, non-diabetic boy’s All-District choir clinic and rehearsal today at the local high school as a chaperone. I was responsible for bathroom breaks and lunchtime. Just making sure that the 15 from our school sat together, got everything they needed, went to recess and made it back in the auditorium on time. I thoroughly loved my day . . . listening to them sing, watching Ethan interact with other fourth graders and being completly amazed at the choir clinician; she was totally awesome.
About 15 minutes before lunch, the other mom’s and I went on ahead, steaking claim on tables for the kiddos from our school and putting lunches out on them. Drinks were brought in by other moms. We were given instructions: (1) line them up, (2) get a squirt of anti-bacterial soap and (3) go get a SODA out of the coolers and go eat. I opened the coolers to see what they had to drink. Coke, Mr. Pibb, Sprite and Root Beer . . . great selection. Then all of the sudden, I reminded myself to make a mental note! “Be sure Ryan always takes a diet soda or Coke Zero on school trips like these.” It’s not fair to be upset with these moms for giving them regular soda. It was a special day ~ being there was a priviledge. And not one of these children has type 1 diabetes. But it made me think a little differently. I thought in the mode of a diabetic mom, even when my Ryan wasn’t with me. It really is 24/7 . . . really always on my mind.
BUT . . . I was so VERY proud of my Ethan today. He has a beautiful voice, a beautiful personality and simply just a beautiful boy. We will celebrate him tonight when we attend the concert. His choir teacher told me he has been chosen to be Willy Wonka in the end of the year musical. Isn’t that amazing!?!?! I’m sure I’ll be bragging about him again after May 13! Be looking for it!