Would you just look at this picture! I mean, I nearly broke down in tears when I saw this.
We were at C's soccer game last Saturday. When we arrived to meet up with the rest of the team, one of C's little teammates came running up to me and said quickly and energetically with a BIG smile, "We brought snacks today. And there's Twinkies, chips and a drink. The total carb count is 55 grams. My brother is diabetic." And just like that, she was gone.
I looked around. Did she just say what I thought she said? Where was her mom? Who is her mom? This was only our 2nd game and I didn't have all the faces matched with names yet. And, because of all the Southern California fires, we really only had one practice for the girls. So...I looked around for the mom.
She actually, came up to me and handed me the bag. "Just thought you may like the carb count on everything beforehand."
I was down on my knees tying C's shoes. "Oh," I said, as I got up. "Thank you, thank you!" I gave her a big hug. I don't know this lady from Adam, but...she hugged back. "That is so great," I said. "Thank you!"
I didn't know she had a diabetic son. Rarely do I step up and ask for any accommodations for C's diabetes. But this lady had heard me at our first team meeting simply explain that C is type 1 and tell all the parents it's perfectly okay to tell me or the coach if she looks "out-of-sorts" on the field...that she may be experiencing a hypoglycemic episode.
Our families sat next to each other during the game. We talked "diabetes" but we also cheered on the girls, and laughed at her husband's jokes. Instant unspoken bond...whenever I meet another D-mom.