All right, it's a new year and time for the Insecure Writers Support Group to meet as well! What better way to kick off the new year? I wasn't sure what I was going to talk about this month. I didn't have any new gripes to unload... well, nothing I want to discuss publicly. It wasn't until I was in the shower that I realized what I wanted to talk about.
another post. But for those of you who don't know, Arik was born with a cleft lip and palate. When he was five months old, he went in for surgery to have his upper lip fixed because, well, he didn't have much of an upper lip. Later, when the party was over and hubby and I were home, I was looking at the picture of my nephews. Arik has this goofy little smile on his face and it made me think.
Arik's problems didn't end with the surgery he had. He still needs his palate fixed, and he has other issues his mom needs to worry about. He sees about a million doctors, gets poked and prodded, scanned, and examined. For being only nine months old, he has already been through so much.
And yet he smiles!
I have never seen a baby smile so much. At the party, he was nothing but smiles. (Except when he was being fed and had to be burped. Then he cried a bit.) When I went down to help my sister out when he was born, he was all smiles. Every time I see him, he is a smiling, happy baby. Most of us couldn't imagine what it must have been like for him to go into major surgery at such a young age. We'd say it's probably good that he was so little and won't remember. But still, just thinking of all he's been through, and all he has to go through, it's amazing.
It humbles me because I know I'd be a whining, miserable mess. It makes me grateful that my biggest issue when being born was I came out backwards. It makes me want to fight harder when life seems to be working against me. If my little nephew can smile after all he's been through, I can keep fighting when my life hits a bump. I can keep writing and working when my book looks like it's languishing in obscurity and going unnoticed.
I can smile, just like he does.