No one expected any moments of joy.
A long, difficult surgery with a catastrophic diagnosis.
Weeks of recovery with pain, feeding tube, nausea, fatigue, despair. Everyone in spiritual crisis, in chaos. Life as they understood it was no more.
There was crying, oceans of tears, disbelief.
And anger, so much anger. So much disappointment.
No one expected any moments of joy or laughter.
The popsicle: orange, cold, delicious
Moments of gigantic, colorful, fireworks. Even giggling.
A whisper of joy.