Raising children is indeed a tough thing to do. From the moment they were born, we tend to do the best things we can to give them the best health and education they need. But unexpected things always happen. Though it is heartbreaking to see kids battle with their illness, many times, we cannot do anything about it.
For this mom from St. Louis, it was apparent that illness can be heartbreaking especially if your kid experiences unusual pain. Her two-year-old daughter was immediately forced to isolation with her condition. Practically, she had no contact with the people outside. This little Vivian Keith unexpectedly was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (A.L.L). She was a little warrior. With chemotherapy, she was forced to isolation. She did not have a choice but to have her hospital window be the only avenue of outside happenings for her. Even though she was still so young, she surely knew what it felt like to be playing outside, and free to go anywhere she wanted.
Thankfully, her hospital window has a beautiful view from outside. Outside her hospital window was a construction site. Each and every day, the little girl, together with her parents, she looks out to wave to the construction workers outside her window. It has been a habit of theirs to wave to the workers outside.
Mom Ginger Keith explained to USA Today:
“Every morning we woke up and waved to them. And we had to wave until somebody waved back.”
Apparently, two workers, Travis Barnes and Greg Combs spotted the little girl waving at them one day. While they wave to many patients at the Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Vivian particular caught their attention for she waved every single day, rain or shine. For confined patients like little Vivian, not every single day would be perfect. One particular day was a lot harder for Vivian. It was heartbreaking especially for her mom seeing her in pain. But doing their usual daily routine made an unusual impact on their family on that particular battling day. While they did their wave, the two construction workers from outside the window pointed a message for them to read. It was written:
“Get Well Soon” [sic]
It was so inspiring to see that some people are rooting for them, and are appreciating them struggling every single day. And finally, the two men and Vivian’s family met. They were in awe of how huge each of them has been part of each other’s lives.
Watch their inspiring story here: