Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Another Star in the Sky

Six and a half years ago our very dear friends lost their youngest child, their star, in a freak accident.  It was the worst day in the lives of all the people who knew and loved this special little boy and changed us all forever.  His two older brothers, my three kids, all of his cousins and friends - all children who shouldn't know about death and how life can be extinguished at any moment are older and wiser than their years because they have known death and loss.  His parents will forever be missing a piece of their soul, their heart, their life.

Now another family is experiencing the tragedy of losing a child and suffering that terrible grief, pain, disbelief, and anger.  They've asked for donations to the March of Dimes in their daughter's name, an organization that can perhaps help another family from suffering such a terrible loss.

It doesn't matter that you aren't as thin as you might like.

It doesn't matter that your house isn't clean.

It doesn't matter that your boss is giving you shit at work.

It doesn't matter that your car won't start and you don't have the money to fix it.

Your family and friends, the people you love - that is what matters.  Hug your kids, call your Grandmother, write a letter to a friend who is far away, call someone you miss and haven't talked to in awhile.  Take a deep breath and remind yourself of what - who - is really important.  Make sure they know how much they mean to you because you are not guaranteed of a future with them, you only have the present.  It is a gift, don't waste it.

6 comments:

ms. changes pants while driving said...

beautiful post. i am in shock.

last night the march for maddie had 3k in donations. this morning... 4500.

right now? eleven thousand dollars.

my heart is breaking for them.

Christy said...

Beautiful words...good advice. Man, it's so sad. I just can't even wrap my mind around it.

~Christy

I appreciate & miss you. :)

Shelly... said...

It's so tragic. One of my blogger friends here in Vegas knew the family as well. I have felt sick all day.
Katy those are some wise words to live by that you wrote.

Jason, as himself said...

We need reminders like this every single day. It is so easy to let the little things in life get you down.

Kate said...

I love that "energizer bunnies of the world" ha ha ha!
Made my day.

Thanks!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Beautiful, sweet words...What a sad story. Hope you will visit my bog and meet our little miracle, Jack.