Please Don’t Worry, I’ve Got You. Love, The Universe

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    If you’ve read my previous post, ‘The Ellen Show, A Painter and A Life Changing Moment‘, you’ll remember my chance-FullSizeRender_1meeting of a remarkable father and son and how they impacted my life. (sidenote: I don’t believe in chance-meetings – I know we were meant to meet).

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    Today, this blog continues that story.  As you may recall, David is a painter who had a project at my condominium complex.  I met him one day due to him accidentally setting off my house alarm when he was painting my front door.

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    I saw David the next week painting my neighbor’s doors, and he had shared a beautiful story about his son, who has cerebral palsey.  What struck me about David was that he was grateful for all he had – the opportunity to work 3 jobs, be a single day and take care of a beautiful boy with special needs. He never complained.  His eyes shone with pride as he talked about his son, also named David.  That week I was so inspired by him, I bought he and David some gifts to thank them for inspiring me (and hoped they could help them a little during what I imagined was a difficult time).  They showed up a few days later on my doorstep, bringing me gifts of gratitude for what I had given to them.  They were so appreciative and kind.

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    The Davids really spoke to my heart and I’ve continued to share their story with others.  A few friends and I decided we would provide Thanksgiving meal for their family.  We collected our funds, bought a gift card, a bouquet of flowers for their dinner table and I asked David to stop over when it was convenient to pick them up.  He confirmed he could stop by the day before Thanksgiving at 4 pm et.

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    IMG_6946I received a text about 15 mins from the time he was coming.  It said, ‘David and I are on our way, I am so sorry for running late… we had a little car issue.’  When he arrived, David wasn’t in his wheelchair, but rather, he was being carried by his dad.  I asked what had happened and David smiled and said the starter had gone out on his car that day and so he had a ‘junkie old van’ that worked enough to use for now… they came in and spent an hour with my dogs and I and we laughed and talked and had a wonderful visit.  Little David sat on my lap (and my dogs were a little jealous!) and he repeatedly said, “I love you Julie”.  He was such a sweet boy with a big smile.  David can’t walk, so we had to pass him back and forth to hold onto him.

    I asked Big David about the braces for Little David’s legs that he was supposed to get a week or two ago.  Little David has stage 4 cerebral palsey and so if he can use braces and go through intensive therapy this year, there is a chance he could walk.  Big David smiled, and said, ‘I’m having trouble getting the insurance worked out for the braces but I am working on it and will make it happen.  Little David will walk, and I will make sure it happens.”

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    I then asked David about his car and he said, ‘It’s ok, I’ll get it taken care of, maybe even on Thanksgiving.’ and he smiled.  I walked them to their van- which was very old, rusted, beat up, and it had multiple paint colors on it from repairs.  When he opened the door, I saw that David had made the frontseat of the van a safety seat for David and it was extremely well set-up to protect little David.  It had every safety strap one could possibly need to protect someone.  While the van was old, I was confident Little David was safe in this van.  Of course, I had no doubts – Big David cares about this little boy more than anything in the world.  As they closed their doors, Little David continued to yell, ‘I love you!’ and smiled.  He seemed so happy to be with his dad – and to enjoy a fun visit.

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    I thought about how I would have been if my car had just died.  Despite me having the FullSizeRenderresources to take care of it, I likely would be stressed. David didn’t come across as stressed or worried – he only showed signs of gratitude and love.  He didn’t complain, he didn’t share a sad story of worry.  He just talked about how much they have.  I gave him a quote that I had read earlier in the day that said, ‘Dear You,  Please don’t worry, I’ve got you.  Love, God”.  He smiled and said that’s what he says in his head on days he doesn’t know what to do.

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    Later that night, Big David texted me to say, ‘I haven’t had visits with people since David was born 4 years ago.  You are always welcome in our lives and please let me know anything you need help with and I will be there.’

    And, I was in tears.  Here is a man, who is alone, trying to care for the greatest gift in his life, his beautiful son.  Life has handed him a difficult set of cards.  He doesn’t have the inflow of money to make things easy – so he works as hard as he possibly can in order to provide and meet David’s needs.   And Little David looks at his dad with so much admiration. You can see they are eachother’s everything.

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    David was on his way to work – painting from 5-11 pm on Thanksgiving Eve at an office building.  He had arranged for family to watch Little David.  When he finished his shift, he’d stop by and pick him up and get home in time for a Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday.

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    IMG_6940On a day where we celebrate gratitude, I am grateful to have met the David’s.  They continue to teach me about life.  They don’t have a lot.  But they have a love that is unlike anything I have ever seen.  Big David does everything to ensure Little David grows up a healthy, happy young man.  Big David loves his son more than anything in the world and lives, works, breathes to ensure Little David has everything he needs.

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    I found myself wishing I had the resources to buy the Davids a new car and the leg braces Little David needs to start walking.  So I prayed about it. And, I am not sure how, but I felt a feeling of peace after my prayer.    Perhaps it was in asking God to take care of someone and knowing He would.  Perhaps it was in recognizing how happy someone was who didn’t a lot but had love in their life.  Perhaps it was in just realizing how beautiful the world is when we help and care about each other.  Perhaps it was just in remembering the same quote that David thinks of when he is worried and that is God saying back to you, ‘Please don’t worry -I’ve got you’.

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    On this day of Gratitude, I am grateful for a roof over my head, a car that runs, heat in the winter, cool in the summer, food on my table, a healty body, heart and mind, my dogs, my friends, my family, and the amazing, happen-chance meeting of these two incredible young men who have changed my life forever.

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    Here’s wishing you a day of Thanksgiving celebration, for all you have in your life, each and every day.  And if by chance, you are feeling worried, anxiety or stress, just remember – your version of God/The Universe is responding back to you, ‘Please don’t worry, I’ve got you.’

     

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