A young girl was late getting home from school one afternoon and her mother began to worry. She called several of her daughter’s friends, but she was not at any of their houses. As her concern grew, she made one more trip outside to look for her when she saw her coming down the street.
Instead of greeting her daughter warmly and telling her how relieved she was to see her, she did what mothers often do when they are afraid – she scolded her. “Where have you been” Why didn’t you call? Didn’t you know I would be worried about you?”
The little girl explained that while walking down the street, she saw her friend Sally sitting on the curb crying because she’d broken her doll and she stopped to help her.
The mother’s frown turned to a soft smile and she said, “Oh, so you helped her fix her doll.” “No,” replied the girl, “I couldn’t fix her doll and so I sat down and I helped her cry.”
Sometimes there is someone we love with cancer and it can’t be fixed, but sitting beside them and helping them cry is a good thing to do.