Today, David and I went to Bellevue to see my sister-in-law Caroline (see the photo at right), who is recovering from surgery. We took magazines, treats, lunch and lattes to their house, and had a good visit with her and Jim (my brother). From left to right in the photo: Caroline, Jim, David, Gregg, me, my sister Debbie, my dad and mom.
On Saturday, Karen T. (a chaplain from Children's) was in town giving a talk, so I invited her to stop by for a visit. She very kindly took the time to come, bringing with her a lovely wreath that had different colored ribbons tied all over it. Each ribbon was tied by a staff member who had helped to take care of Katie while she was at Children's. Karen also brought two good books, one called "Tear Soup" that I highly recommend for anyone, of any age, who is grieving. She included some bookmarks that she made for the staff. The bookmark has a photo of Katie and a quote from "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." The quote is: "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light" (Albus Dumbledore).
I should mention, too, that the Make-A-Wish Foundation donated a copy of each of the Harry Potter books and each of the movies to Children's Hospital in Katie's memory. Those stories gave her enormous comfort and pleasure while she was a patient, and I hope they will do the same for other children. We appreciate this gift very much.