Thursday, September 18, 2008

The time is NOW...

I don't know why I've been so sentimental these days. Maybe it's because I've heard some stories about children losing their parents or parents losing their children or it could be that I'm reading The Last Lecture but I feel like doing all of these things that I say I will do "someday". I admit I'm a pretty busy woman but I when I feel the urge to tell my children I love them, I do. Most of you know that I lost my sister 10 years ago in a tragic car accident and because of that I realize how short and precious life is. It can be gone in an instant. Sometimes I find myself worried about what my house looks like or what I look like or what the boys are wearing and I stop myself and realize that IT SIMPLY DOES NOT MATTER. I'm not dying or anything but I want to live my days as if they were my last. I want my boys to see me as a happy person who had no regrets. I want to be nice to people and I want to have fun! Spending time with the people you love is so much better than decorating your house or obsessing over material things. I recently read a blog that my friend Slacker Mama shared on her blog. This mom lived right down the street from where we once lived in Northern Virginia. I could have seen her at church, the grocery store, Target, the park, etc and now she is in the hospital fighting for her life with a husband and two little girls-2 1/2 and 6 months old-at home. Her husband wrote something on his blog that sent chills up my spine and had me in tears...
First, life is very tenuous - very fragile - and very fleeting. I would give anything to be able to interact with Hyatt again... to hold her, talk with her, smile and laugh with her - and share the joy of life with her. Please do this with your family right now. Stop what you are doing - stop all the busyness of life and go spend some time with your loved ones.
So true, so very, very true...everyone please go tell your children that you love them. Go. Right now!!

8 comments:

Sweet Pea Chef said...

So, so, SO true.

I am doing this Bible Study on Contentment and Thankfulness right now. It is amazing how much you have to be thankful for if you just stop and take the time to reflect for 10 seconds.

This week has made me so thankful for the simple things...our family's safety, health, electricity, food, shelter, a bright sunny day, the smiles on my boys' faces when they have a yummy meal to eat. If you focus on the gifts we have been given, it is truly transforming.

Thanks for sharing.

Live.Love.Eat said...

As I sit here with tears in my eyes, it seems like this is happening everywhere. Until I blogged I was just in my little circle where luckily, nothing bad was happening. Blogging has opened me to a world of so many people suffering & going through the hardest times of their life. It's not lost on me and I totally agree with you. Spend everyday as if it's a precious gift. Because it is!!!!!!

Feener said...

i am sorry for your loss of your sister. thank you for this important real post.

Slacker Mama said...

I know exactly what you mean. I've really been trying to make that extra effort the last few days to make that time with the girls (and with John) *count* a little more. They aren't going to remember whether or not the table gets cleared right after dinner or after they go to bed...but they will remember the gigantic tickle fight we had after bath.

My heart just breaks for the Nolan family.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

You are sooo right...that book is awesome...my dh read it and just got done. That man knew what was important. Sighhhhh. You have a lovely blog. The steel magnolias caught my eye...love that movie...remember seeing it in themovie theater with my b/f. cherry

Susan in the Psych Ward said...

this family is in our prayers... oh I can't imagine...

Margaret Asbell said...

I can't figure out how to get in touch with you directly... I live next door to Hyatt and own a webstore to which I have posted her blog. One of my customers told me that Hyatt was on your blog too; thanks sooo much!!

Please e-mail me at margoose38@yahoo.com

Preppy 101 said...

Your blog is so true. My husband passed away in 1995 after a 13 month battle with cancer. My children were 11 and 16...we learned the hard way how precious each and every second is and how abruptly your entire world can be turned upside down. And you are so right about the material things...Have fun making every day special. Thanks for sharing.