This is for my niece, Kai, an AT/RT cancer warrior who is still fighting the after effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
Do you know what your name means?
In some places you’re known as “triumphant,” and “loveable” from not far away.
Many call you “ocean,” while others say you’re “strong” and “unbreakable.”
All of them are true, and all of them are you… but my favorite is “restoration.”
You have restored hope, you have restored dreams.
You are tiny, but your fight is grand as a mountain.
You were created to change the world and I know you’ve changed mine.
If I could see you right now, I’d tell you all the ways…
The ways you showed me what life really means, taught me to hold onto hope
The ways you showed us how to push through, and to love without words.
If I could I’d take your place, just so you could know…
Of all the lives you’ve changed, of all the wonder to discover
The taste of food on your tongue, the smell of an open field under your nose
Oh what I would give to give you
A day without tests, tubes, and treatments
The magic of life free from hospital beds and bulky machines.
If I could be with you now
I’d take you to a waterfall
I’d tell you how you were created for something great
Made to know love.
And I don’t know how to explain why you’re the one who’s sick
Why you’re the one who’s suffering…
All I know is that you, little one, are a miracle from above.
Every breath you breathe holds a touch of heaven’s glow
A hint of the Creator’s love
And though I wish I could change many things for you
I have no power in my hands
So I’ll keep on believing the words that say..
“Call on Me, and I will answer you.”
I’d give everything to give you more, little treasure
Than the love that’s in my heart.