When the boys were two, they were playing outside while I snapped pictures. Zeke blew on a white puffy dandelion and I said, "Oh! Make a wish!". He gently blew some more and then whispered quietly, "I wish for ice cream..." in a breathy voice. Rocco took his dandelion blew hard and yelled, "I wish for EVERYTHING!" in true Rocco fashion. Nothing is halfway with this one!
I grabbed one, blew on it and silently said my usual prayer.
Well, let's just say you can't keep a secret from two two-year-olds. They gang up and tackle you until you spill it. I gave them the old - "Then it won't come true" line, but they had no mercy! As I was getting tickled to death, I said "I always wish that Rocco's diabetes would go away". Then, we ran down the hill and ate a snack. It was never brought up again.
Since then, there have been many wishes. Wishes during birthday cakes, eyelashes and fountains. The boys have always respected the golden rule of never speaking your wish out loud. So, I really never knew what they wished for.
Until this summer, we went to the zoo. We went with our kindred spirit friends. They are twins and one has type 1 diabetes and the other boy doesn't. They are just like us! I am so greatful to have them in our lives. Not only do the mom and I live the same struggles and dreams, but each set of boys has another person that is experiencing their same life too! I especially love the relationship between the two boys without diabetes. As hard as we try, admittedly, there are times when the kids with diabetes need immediate attention. Therefore, leaving the other children to deal with whatever accommodations need to be made. It could be anything from leaving their favorite bounce house to not being able to eat something yummy. My friend have discussed many times how the nonD brother acts way more compassionate than we would expect. We have discussed if this was a twin thing or just brotherly love.
At the zoo, when we got to the fountain, my friend gave each boy a coin to throw in. The boys were being silly boys and haphazardly kind of whipped it in as far as they could.
As they were walking away, Rocco asked his friend with diabetes, "What did you wish for?"
He sweetly said, "I wished my diabetes would go away."
I almost died.
Then, Rocco quietly answered, "Me too."