I got the best phone call of my life the other day.
Wasn't The Food Network calling offering me that cooking show (shame on them)
Wasn't the lottery commission calling to tell me I won the big one.
Wasn't Weight Watchers calling to tell me their scales are off by 20 pounds and I'm actually underweight and don't come back.
Wasn't the college boards calling to tell me my brilliant children should not have to spend a cent on higher education and they should choose any college of their choice and just go - all expenses paid.
No, as lovely as any of those calls would have been, the best phone call came from our 10 year old nephew in Michigan.
Shane was calling from the 5th. floor of Beaumont Hospital where he was getting his second round of chemotherapy.
Shane has cancer.
Shane told me that he was trying to think of ways to help other kids with cancer. What?? Help other kids... but you have cancer.
Yeah, yeah.. whatever. The purpose of the call was to ask me to help him help other kids with cancer who have to be on a neutropenic diet.
Sometimes, if their blood counts get too low, doctors advise a neutropenic diet to ward off any exposure to bacteria. In a nutshell, fresh fruits and vegetables have to be avoided, as well as any fast food, food from a deli, food that is dispensed (think ice cream, soda, etc).
If you really start thinking about it, even that syrup dispenser at your local waffle house could be deadly for these kids.... no fresh herbs, no yogurt, no soup at a restaurant, no ice tea with lemon... really, think about it - it gets huge!
Shane's idea is for me to teach him how to cook healthy, easy, TASTY (he stressed tasty) meals following the restrictions set forth by the diet. We also have to take into consideration queasy stomachs and sore mouths.
Once we have all of our TASTY, easy, healthy meals we will put all the recipes into a cookbook for kids. I'm not sure what his distribution plans are, but who am I to question his idea?
We are leaving next week for Michigan where Shane and I will begin our "test-kitchen" cooking. I hope I can do it without adding too much salt to the recipes from my tears.
Once again, I got schooled by a 5th. grader.
This is Shane last year on a camping trip to Acadia, Maine. We had a blast!