Joel has been getting some homework done. He has also spent some time looking through some old pictures. We have discovered the secret to why he is coping with the leukemia and his treatments so well.
Then he had to share a room with these two. They would hide rubber snakes and spiders in his bed. When he did get his own room, it was also the guest room so whenever anyone came to visit he would be kicked out of his room. People usually came to visit in the summer so he would move outside into a tent. There the mosquitos would poke him and take half his blood…. not unlike what the nurses do now.
He was stuck with this one as his mother. In a futile attempt to keep his weight up, I have been cooking all of his favourite foods…. fruit perogies, apple pie, lasagna, chicken fried steak. Now he is nauseated at the mention of any of them.
But Joel was not all innocent either. He built up his strength by holding his older cousin by the ankles, headfirst into the outhouse. He also hid rubber snakes in his uncles bed. He lit fires in the back forty and chased bears on the quad. This boy is fearless…. except for when it comes to his mama cooking his favourite foods.