Thursday, June 22, 2006

Please be there

It's taking too long, the youngest's appointment with the dietician. He's bored, and he's beginning to fret, so close to the lab. He wants to put some distance between himself and the needles.

When it's all over, I hold his hand as he runs back to the elevator. He runs when he comes off the elevator, too. I hold his hand as we get in another elevator, one that takes us up, up, up. When we get out, we go up an open-air flight of stairs to yet an even higher level.

I'm holding my breath as we come up the last few steps, hopeful, expectant. I am not disappointed.

His face breaks into a wide smile, the first since we arrived. And then he reaches out, even though he knows it's across another rooftop, and tries to touch the medevac helicopter.

1. Air transport of persons to a place where they can receive medical or surgical care; medical evacuation.
2. A helicopter or other aircraft used for such transport.
"medevac." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 23 Jun. 2006.