Walking into her hospital room, it was larger than most. The sun was shining through the window and when her mother heard that a stranger had a gift for her daughter she immediately jumped out of her chair, ran towards me, and said, “Please come in and meet my daughter.”
Not knowing what to expect I smiled and walked over to the side of her bed and there is where I happened to notice that she had a box of beads that was sitting on her lap, and her hands were gently placing the tiny beads through a needle when I asked, “What are you making?”
“I have to spend a lot of time at the hospital getting my medicine so I make jewelry,” she said.
I smiled and I couldn’t help but notice that she was wearing a bright-colored jacket that was as bright as a rainbow after the rain, and a cute white hat was placed on her head. Her I.V. was running up through her jacket, and I assumed this was so it wouldn't get in her way of creating her beautiful jewelry while she received her medicine.
“Hello, I’m here from Owie BowWowie and Friends and one of our Arf Angels wanted to give you a gift of comfort named Owie BowWowie. Owie has band-aids of his own and was created specifically for you. In fact, you can only get… (and at that moment I unwrapped Owie from the plastic wrap that he must be delivered in and continued…) an Owie BowWowie if an Arf Angel sends you one.
Within a moment this beautiful, young girl, snatched Owie from my hands, hugged him, and said, “Oh, hello! I LOVE HIM!”
The photograph that I’m sharing with you was taken at that exact moment when her hug was genuine and her smile was priceless. The nurse who came in with me decided that she would grab my camera so she could photograph her moment, and I’m so glad she did because…
These are the moments that matter!
A few months later I received a package in the mail and it was addressed to Owie BowWowie. I opened it, and inside was a pink bracelet that she had made for Owie so he could have one to wear on his arm, and the note simply read: I made this bracelet for you Owie because I love you.
And they lived happily ever after.
Story told by Gina Meyer