I am going to enjoy life after 50 if it kills me!

You Just Never Know

Last Friday and Saturday reminded me that you can’t make assumptions about people, or life in general.

On Friday afternoon one of my students over-reacted when I asked her to move to another table.  She shoved her chair back and said, “I hate this school!”  I had to get her mom on the phone to talk to her and calm her down.  After school I called the mom back to thank her for her help and discovered that my student’s older sister was having her leg amputated that very day.  You just never know.

On Saturday I spoke with my brother on the phone.  We did our share of minor grumbling – him about the plumbing project that was becoming more complicated than he’d bargained for – I can’t even remember what I was complaining about, but I’m sure I was.  Than I asked where my sister-in-law was.  She was attending the funeral of one of my high school classmates.  This sweet, brilliant man, who had earned a PhD and was quite successful, had succumbed to multiple sclerosis.  He was 51.  You just never know.

Be careful how loudly you complain.  You have no idea what the people around you are dealing with.  I have healthy children, and I have a future ahead of me.  I am blessed.  And THAT I do know.

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Comments on: "You Just Never Know" (4)

  1. That’s why I love you!! You can always see the good…keep seeing the good!

  2. liz Randall Caston said:

    What a great post Debbie.. I heard of the very sad passing of your classmate. Dad told me about it just last night. MS is a very devastating disease..not sure if you know or not but our oldest sister Debby is in the final stages of it. She has been in a nursing home for over 11 years..
    You are so right, We don’t have any idea what people around us are dealing with..We all need to be quite a bit more compassionate.. And we all need to be so greatful to be able to get up out of bed each morning.
    I enjoy reading your blog..

    • Your dad told me about Debby when I saw him at Alumni Weekend. I was so shocked to hear that. I remember Cathy taking me to their farm and seeing the goats they were raising. I would never want to be able to see into the future. It keeps me grateful for what I have right now.

  3. Wow, just wow! You just never know!

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