This will be a quick post, as I am supposed to be in the shower, or straightening my living room, or something besides this.
The past four months have flown by. Four months ago, I became a grandmother to this little man.
Jakob on Christmas Day
Today, he will be baptized in the presence of his aunt and uncle, his parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. Another milestone in his life. Another day for me to be thankful for the gifts in my life. I pray we all do right by him. Thank you, God.
About 45 minutes ago, I started drafting a post about my life with chronic migraine. It was sort of sad and whiny, but that’s the mood I’ve been in lately. I was also in the mood for something sweet and finally talked my #3 child into driving me to Sweetberries, our local frozen custard place. I LOVE that place, as my gut and butt will attest to.
With impeccable timing, we headed for the front door, keys in hand, at about the same time a rogue monsoon broke loose. I began to doubt my need for dessert, but #3 insisted we carry on. We made it to the car and I must say, I did a superb job of keeping the inside of my umbrella dry. The rest of me, less than superb.
To make a long story slightly less tedious, we pulled over to let an ambulance pass and followed it up to the intersection. The road was blocked, so we pulled into the grocery store. There was already an ambulance, fire truck and police car there, and more showed up in the next few minutes. I sprinted inside, saw an acquaintance of mine telling someone on the other end of the phone not to worry about her, and realized how blessed I am to be able to take my drippy self to the frozen foods section to pick up some ice cream on a Saturday night.
It can all so quickly change. If you pray, I ask you to do so for those people in that accident and all others on the road this weekend. My headache and I are tucked safely home. I am blessed.
It’s late, but before I call it quits for tonight, I wanted to share what’s making me happy right now.
~ My brother is visiting from New York and we are keeping each other entertained. There’s more, but I’ll save that for another post.
~ My dog is softly snoring on her bed right next to where I’m working.
~ I had a wonderful dinner with my ex, my daughter, and my son-in-law.
~ Someone I once taught and care for greatly just got a clean bill of health. He fought brain tumors for several years and has been free of them for a year and a half now!
~ My daughter made a beautiful cake for her baking class and got an A.
God is good and I am blessed.
It is so easy to get wrapped up in one’s own little world. I know personally, I tend to close in on myself and think only of my circumstances and the goings on in my own little environment.
Friday night I crawled into bed early and watched TV until I fell asleep. It was not much to write home about, let alone blog about.
Last night I spoke with my daughter, who is going to school up in New York. She told me about her weekend camping trip with my relatives and their friends at Alleghany State Park. She spent Friday evening traveling down to the park, stopping for subs on the way, getting in around 8 pm, then spending the evening with my sister-in-law, my brother, and a huge group of great people. As she told me about her evening, I smiled, thinking of how much fun she must have had.
This morning I got to work to learn that a colleague of mine had lost her home to fire Friday night. Fortunately, no one was hurt. She, her husband and daughter got out, but the house will be gutted. They have lost most everything. They are temporarily living in a hotel in the area. Their lives were turned upside down in the space of a few hours. While my daughter played games in a warm cabin. While I dozed off in my room, snug in bed.
There is an entire world filled with people’s ups and downs happening all the time, all around us. It is important that we never forget that.
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.