Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sneakers and to do lists

So, I have reached that age where I have to make lists. I have to write down things that I need to do so I can remember to do them...otherwise I will forget. Lovely...I will be 34 next month and I'm already making lists. I just hope that when I am turning 74, I won't have to write things like "brush teeth" or "eat breakfast" on my list. Anyway, I was trying to cross off as many things on my list as possible yesterday and one of those things was to stop off and pick up more lancets at the pharmacy. As I was walking back out to my car, I happened to glance over at the car I passed by and saw a JDRF sneaker magnet on the back. We have one on the side of our car as well. I actually looked around to see if I could see who the owner of this car was...no luck though. It's kind of funny how that little sneaker is like a badge of recognition though. It's not your typical pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness or anything...so I am sure that most people out there in the world wouldn't really know what the sneaker is all about unless someone in their lives is diabetic. For me though...it is totally different. Whenever I see that sneaker it makes me feel like I am not alone. It reminds me that there are a lot of other people out there living lives that are very similar to mine. It's like we are all part of this little army...the diabetes brigade...promoting diabetes awareness in our own way...raising funds for research...searching for a cure. I've said it myself and I've read it from other people on here as well...it's like we are all members of a club that we never wanted to be a part of. We are all card carrying members paying our dues day in and day out. None of us want to be in this...and I think all of us would do absolutely anything to be kicked out of the club...but here we are. So, when i see that little sneaker magnet I always smile...I know that whoever is in that car is a member of the club too...fighting right next to me...pushing along one day at a time. I think we should all get a secret handshake or some sort of secret hand gesture we can do when driving by each other.
I'm going to keep this short and sweet so I can go add that to my to do list...."Come up with new secret hand gesture for diabetic families"...


  1. Make sure it's not like the Star Trek one... I've never been able to make the "v".

    One of my friends here who has a son with type 1 was actually followed and approached by another woman because of the sneaker on her car. The woman was so excited to meet another type 1 mom! That totally cracked me up when I heard it!

  2. Hahahahahah. Okay. Totally writing as I am thinking here so excuse the crazy . . . but;

    - We are members of a 'fight club'
    - Our secret hand signal could be a middle finger, but palm side out si it kind-of looks like a finger check, but is also a f-u diabetes type of sign ;)
    - We could fist bump, but according to Meri's son, we are too old for that.

    I know you can come up with one, Amy. Keep thinkin'!

  3. Secret hand gesture...I love it! Let me in on it when you figure one out ;)

    btw...I'm a list maker too, if I didn't have a list with me at the grocery store I would always forget the ONE thing that I really went there for :)

  4. I once found a test strip in the parking lot on the way to a museum and thought the same thing...someone was part of our club and had been through there. I love meeting other T1 parents (obviously or I wouldn't be on the blogs!!)

    and I make lists (I am just bad at following them!)

  5. LOLOL Joanne...i can never do the "v" signal either! Amy-LOLOL that is HILARIOUS!! I like it! I am still trying to think of something to do also...will keep you all posted when it comes to me. :o)