October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Like many, we have had family and close friends who have been affected by this disease. Whenever this month rolls around I reflect on what they and their loved ones have faced. Thinking about it recently called to mind a conversation I had with my son a few years ago.
I was sitting at the dining table reading the newspaper after a day at work. My then 13 year old son, who is on the local crew team, plopped down next to me, obviously excited.
“Dad, look at all this pink stuff I bought to wear to crew. This is a pink t-shirt, these are pink socks and this is a pair of pink rowing tights. I also bought these pink beaded necklaces. Oh, and this is the coolest – pink sunglasses!”
“You must be very confident in your manhood to show up for crew wearing all pink.”
“Well, everyone is going to do it. We are having a contest to raise money for the Breast Cancer Society. The person who wears the most pink wins a prize!”
“Son, that’s very considerate of you. I’m proud.”
“Well it’s a really good cause.”
Then a few second pause.
“I really love boobies.”
If you are in a giving mood this month, please think pink.