I may have mentioned a time or two or ten that Camden is all boy, not all that considerate of others, possibly the least compassionate child I know. :) He has lots of good qualities, but compassion is not generally one of them, although to be fair I doubt it's generally a top quality in most 7 year old boys. But Camden has made me cry many, many times in the last few weeks (in a good way). He has been sweet, he has been kind, he rubs my shoulder and wants to know - with tears in his eyes - how I'm feeling, he prays for me, he wants to cuddle with me (generally, he would always choose Brian for the snuggling). And not only is he being compassionate, but I can see a real effort on his part to change his attitude, to obey without complaining, to help even when I don't ask him.We found out recently that he was scared I was going to die. Cancer is heavy stuff for an adult to deal with; it's impossible for a 7 year old to understand. And while my heart breaks that he has to worry about me, my heart also thrills to see him growing and changing as a result.
Brian and Camden headed to church camp yesterday afternoon for Camden's first ever week of camp. Brian really, really didn't want to leave me at home alone, but I really, really didn't want Camden to spend his first week of camp alone. I felt like leaving him alone while we're dealing with my health situation was maybe too much. He told Brian on his way to camp that he'd been dreaming that he was at camp and that he was just sitting on the sidelines watching everyone else play because he didn't have friends. I am praying that he makes friends, is able to forget about his sick mama for a while, and that he learns something important while he's away.
Baseball season finished up this weekend for Camden. His team finished with a 21-3 record (they lost 3 times to the same team). Unfortunately, I did not get to go to either games, but I made Brian take the camera to document it. :)
You have no idea how much I love this picture. It's so typical 7 year old boy fun.
And while Brian took the first 2 pictures, I'm completely taking credit for this one. :)