This afternoon, I was doing laundry in the hospital’s Ronald McDonald room. Another mother came in to grab her laundry and we exchanged pleasantries. It was almost as if we understood each other without even knowing each other. You see, when you’ve been at the hospital long enough to be doing laundry, there’s an unspoken understanding. We each know that this road is hard. We understand the simple pleasures in life like being able to do laundry in your own home. We exchanged stories about our children and learned that our kiddos are only a couple months apart. Her son was in for a genetic bone tumor surgery. She asked about my daughter and wanted to know more. It was nice to share a moment with a total stranger who just gets it. We understood that while our journeys are very different, the support we gave one another in that moment is what gets us through the tough days. You don’t have to know someone to show compassion and understanding. It’s truly the little ways you show you care that mean the most.