I Hope You Dance (taken from Martina McBride's wish for her daughter)

Carol Howard and I (Carol Grady) taught in the same school, we grew up in the same county, we went to the same high school, and....we both know the reality of cancer. My dear, dear friend, Carol was the first to face the battle. Without her strength, knowledge and support I doubt that I would have learned the importance of living life the fullest, finding the joy and strength in myself and my life, AND letting the joy and strength of others carry me when I couldn't do it myself. Carol and cancer taught me the importance of play in every aspect of ones' life. Its about joy, joy that brings learning, joy that brings purpose, purpose that fulfills the promise that each day holds. Even on the days that were hard, I could prioritize joy.

As I begin the October ritual of honoring the brave survivors , thrivers, and all those who fought the fight, I think of my daughter's wedding last year. As my sweet little baby grew and found the best man a mom could want for her daughter, I danced joyfully with them and my husband at their wedding. Our dance..."I Could Not Ask for More" by Edwin McCain, embodied the learning that occurred for me during the hard parts of life. And it spoke perfectly of the joy and play that I believe are essential for the dance of life. Gift yourself, gift your children, gift your loved ones, with play and joy. Dance.

excerpted from "I Could Not Ask for More"

"I could not ask for more than this time together

I could not ask for more than this time with you

Every prayer has been answered

Every dream I have's come true

And right here in this moment is right where I'm meant to be

Here with you here with me.

These are the moments I thank God that I'm alive

These are the moments I'll remember all my life

I've got all I've waited for, and I could not ask for more."

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