You know on Super Mario Bros or pretty much any old skool video game (yes, I know I sound prehistoric) where you get through the level but then have to defeat the boss at the end. In doing so, you can unlock some goodies or a secret level? Well that’s how I feel about these grins right now.
Cub grins used to be constant and plentiful, perhaps sometimes even taken for granted. We seemed unlucky, bad things still happened, there was always a surgeon hovering over with a scalpel or a hospital admission for her lungs, I was always on guard, but in the grand scheme of things, I didn’t know how lucky we were.
After what has gone on in 2018, the catastrophic diagnoses and untold torture of a child who doesn’t understand what happened to her blissful (on the most part) life - or brain - my daily goal is to see those massive teeth. They’ve been elusive lately. She swings from good day to bad week, seizures and stomach pain steal her sunshine and oppress the winning grin.
Luckily for Cub, I’m her secret weapon. Like the super mushrooms on Mario, I’m bigging her up every step of the way. Like the bonus finds that offer Luigi protection, I’m deflecting as many of the baddies as I can so she can finish the level without getting KO’d.
Not every day is as easy to win at yesterday. This weekend I feel like I’ve defeated the boss. No, I know it won’t last long, I know the boss is bigger and uglier and meaner than me. He’ll be back.. But right now we’re getting bonus points on our secret level and it feels FANTASTIC. Grin level: Expert. #💋🐯