Tuesday, May 22, 2012
We interrupt our regularly scheduled cynicism and child exulting to post something a little more serious.
My children asked me on Sunday why they didn't see our friend Barbie at church. I explained to them that Barbie is a social worker at Primary Children's Hospital and that she works with extremely traumatic experiences, sometimes late into the night and early next morning. More specifically, Barbie works with children who need transplants and parents who decide to donate their recently-deceased child's organs.
We talked about organ donation and sick children, the reason we need livers, and all of the body's vital organs we don't think about that work all of the time... so we don't have to think about them.
I asked Johnny and Maggie that--heaven forbid--if they died from an accident, would they want to donate their organs to sick children.
It didn't take a second for both of them to say yes.
I don't tell you my children's answers to pat myself publicly on the back. I think that all children, if given the same question, wouldn't skip a beat. Children know instinctively things that are right.
As a parent, I never want to have to answer that question; it scares the bananas out of me to think of any of my children dying. But, you know what else scares me? Thinking about my child needing a donated organ and never getting one. Slow, painful death of one of my littles. I think that scares me more.
Here's what it really is all about: If you don't answer the question now (WILL YOU DONATE YOUR CHILD'S ORGANS?), if tragedy and accident ever happens, you won't be able to answer the question. I imagine my heart will be exploding in tiny pieces and attempting to process such a big question will be futile. Barbie tells me that many parents can't consider organ donation during tragedy--the emotions are too heavy and intense to then think about someone cutting open and removing their child's organs.
But if your child could be saved by a donated organ, would you want someone else to have said yes?
Some questions you need to answer once and be done with them. Put them in your heart and let your love and life make them get stronger. When and if you ever need to access those answers, you won't skip a beat.
Will you donate your child's organs?