I remember him sitting next to me with his head on my shoulder watching his sister on stage. He was holding my hand in his and rubbing my thumbnail like he always did. I wondered if he knew the gravity of what was going on or if it was just another day for him. In one week he broke his ankle, was diagnosed with leukemia, had multiple chemo treatments, and was in the hospital for 5 days. And just like that, we were watching the 6th grade play. In the mind of a 9 year old, I would like to think this was just par for the course. On the other hand, my mind was spiraling out of control.
I love you forever, Bud