It’s been a rough couple of days…no…it’s been a rough couple of years. I’m not looking for sympathy…just stating fact.
In the past 2 1/2 years, we’ve dealt with:
- My brother’s brain tumor…subsequent brainstem stroke and long recovery.
- My husband’s deployment overseas.
- My son’s diagnosis of ADD, sensory integration issues, and anxiety disorder…and the management of it all.
- and now the sudden passing yesterday of my step-dad.
I’m the strong one…the one who helps figure things out when in crisis. Sometimes it’s just plain hard to be strong…and I can’t. Well, a very good friend just reminded me that God will carry us when we can no longer walk. It brought me to tears…not because it made me sad but because I NEEDED to hear it.
I will carry what I can…He will have to carry the rest.
There are no guarantees in life. No guarantees of happiness, wealth, friendship. WE have to extend ourselves…seek out what we want…put out into the world the things that we would want in return.
Want to be happy? Smile at people. Do something for someone. Have a relationship with God. Hug your family.
Want to be wealthy? Get out there and do something. Stop complaining about it. Hard work is rewarded…over time.
Want friendships? BE a friend. Reach out to someone in need…and expect nothing in return.
Be a glass half-full person. Although life has thrown us curveball after curveball, I refuse to feel sorry for myself. I am strong. My family is strong. We WILL prevail!
Tom, you were a wonderful husband, father, and Poppie. We are all still in shock, but we know that you are in a better place. You will no longer have trouble with your walking or breathing…that makes us happy. You will be missed greatly and never forgotten. Oh, and we promise to make your stuffing every Thanksgiving…shoot, I’ll even learn how to make it (gasp.) We love you!!!!