Five Minute Friday: MEASURE
Two friends have lost their infants this week. One of them is Jesse, who I wrote about in this post.
I didn’t know Jesse’s family before he was born. I learned about him when the family started a Facebook page and community to pray for him after he was born. A friend of mine is a friend of Jesse’s family.
I don’t recall the specifics of his birth injury in great detail, but he was deprived of oxygen during labor, and his prognosis was uncertain from the moment he was born.
There were many questions over the three months and two days he was here on Earth. His brain growth (among other things) was measured carefully to see if there was any change, which would potentially indicate other possibilities for his development.
His family was so gracious in the way they shared their experience, especially since many of us were strangers they didn’t know.
The family took family pictures, in the outfit they intended to dress Jesse in for family pictures all along (to my recollection).
They all went to a Florida State baseball game (there are two other young siblings in the mix).
Jesse’s dad sat and watched all the Marvel movies he could fit in with Jesse a few days before he passed away.
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The song “Seasons of Love” in “Rent” asks:
How do you measure the life
Of a woman or a man?
That song refers to the period of a year.
Jesse with us less than a year. In the time he was here, though, many people grew to love him and his family. He generated good will at a time in our world where it seems the news grows more negative day by day.
For three months and two days, we were reminded that the capacity to care is measured by something less finite than blocks on a calendar.
Welcome to this week’s Five Minute Friday. Our instructions, via creator Kate Motaung: “Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.” (But I can’t resist spell checking, as you can imagine.)
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many. My pronouns are she/her/hers.