I used to lifeguard as a summer job. Watching little kids was one of the most amusing ways for me to reflect on what really matters. A 3 year old suffers great anguish over a cold pool, a snotty nose, or being yelled at and told to walk by one of the "mean" lifeguards (me). I wanted to say, "Cool it, kid. You're three years old. You haven't got a care in the world."
And then there are the 3 year olds that deal with a whole lot more. My friend Kelly has a little buddy named Holden, who suffers from a congenital heart defect. That 3 year old has a whole lot more on his plate, doesn't he?
"Holden is… It is so hard to finish that sentence. Holden is the funniest, most intelligent kid I have ever met. He was born right when I met my fiancé, so I like to think he is as old, and as beautiful as our relationship.
But Holden is not the only one with a broken heart. I myself have an aortic valve insufficiency, and Holden and I have always connected. Every time I see Holden, since he was a little infant, he wants to listen to my heart with his toy stethescope... like he can tell that we're both 'broken.'"
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This Saturday, there will be a benefit at Quigley's Irish Pub and Restaurant to raise funds for Children with congenital heart defects. If you have the time, come on by. It's open to the public and they are asking for a $10 donation at the door. There will be musical performances by Pat Schiavone, The Commodes and The Nice Guy Eddies, as well as Holden.
Donations and proceeds will go directly to Hope Children's Hospital for their Pediatric Cardiology Research Fund.
When: Saturday, Sept. 10 from 2 to 8 p.m.
Where: Quigley's Irish Pub and Restaurant on 111th and Pulaski.
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