When Adelaide's MRI came back abnormal, and we rushed across the state to meet with a pediatric neurologist, someone dropped off laundry detergent.
"I thought this might help."
My first reaction was confusion.
I smiled and thanked her.
A few weeks later, our homemade laundry detergent ran out.
I was about to make more, when I saw that eco-sized bottle and paused to whisper thanks to a friend.
Three other people brought detergent.
And I realized that it was more than a sweet gesture.
Our lives went from 'normal' to 'special needs' overnight.
Our friends didn't really know how to help, but they knew we would still have laundry.
We had to get a second opinion about Adelaide's condition, because our neurologist told us there was nothing wrong. "She'll just catch up."
We returned home to piles of laundry.
Bags of dirty diapers.
I looked at that laundry detergent and was grateful.
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