By far, one of the coolest things she has ever done, my eight year old just had the experience of swimming with dolphins. She is a fish herself and she is at home in the water wih animals. The trainer started with a few facts about the beautiful animals and then she said something that stuck with me, “Do you see these scars covering her neck? Well, I don’t feel sorry for her. This means she played with other dolphins, she was well socialized. It is the dolphin with no scars that I am sorry for.”
I have been to a few funerals in my life. They vary so greatly. Do you see the man laying in the casket? He is my grandfather. Do you see the wrinkles in his face? I do not feel sorry for him. It is a time of peace. He lived a long life. The wrinkles mean he lived. And I know he lived well and now he is in eternal perfection with his maker. Oh beautiful wrinkles! It is the funeral of the babe with smooth plump skin that I mourn.
Do you see the scar on my neck, the scars on my stomach? Do not look upon the scratched up dolphin and the wrinkled man and give pity, my scars mean I am alive! I have beaten Cancer! I have a story to share, He saved me! The Cancer ribbon is not for me, I am a survivor! Oh the beauty of my scars!