caitlin musgrove is the definition
and prime example of the fact that
the very worst of things happen to the very best of people.
(warning: this is a cancer story.
this is a mother and daughter story.)
when caitlin grades quizzes, she writes a smiley face
on the top of the paper if you did well, or a
an even bigger smiley face if you didn't.
i didn't know caitlin's mom had cancer until
a couple of months ago
because caitlin's not only strong, but her damnation
might be the fact that she hides everything until she can't anymore.
but maybe that's also because she didn't want to tell me.
and that's understandable.
we're not best friends or anything (we're just good ones),
but she still tells me "just kidding" after every mean thing she says,
i still know i can tell her anything
and i know she'll try to understand and i know
that even if she can't, she'll still listen.
caitlin's mom died on saturday.
caitlin came to school on monday.
i once saw a boy threaten to punch another kid
in the face, because he had said something mean
you don't hurt caitlin.
i never met caitlin's mom, and now i never will.
but i wish i had because anyone who could raise
someone like caitlin deserves to be remembered.
dear mommy, i just wanted to let you know that i love you. love, caitlin
caitlin is an amazingly strong person with too big a heart,
who has amazing friends
that will help her get through hell and high water