Saturday, December 26, 2009
Holiday Happiness and Angels
I can't believe that I didn't post on Christmas! I guess everything just got busy and it went by the wayside. The holidays have been great for our family. We were able to spend great time with the girls, with my family and even with friends. I finished all of my shopping and wrapping early so I even had some stress-free days when everyone else was running around like crazy people.
As always, I am grateful and happy to have good health for me and my family, but have been saddened by several events over the last couple of weeks.
First, I was upset to hear that a friend and former colleague has been diagnosed with breast and lung cancer. Her family support position is not ideal and even though I know she is as tough as they come, I can't help but worry that she will at times feel alone in her journey. I think about her every day, knowing that she has good medical care and lots of friends who care about her and hoping she will find the strength wherever she can.
My sister gave birth to her first daughter on December 22nd of 2003. She was born prematurely and lived only a few short hours making it into December 23rd by just a hair. I was with her when she was born and stayed until her last breath. Every December 22nd there are tears remembering her sweet little face and the injustice of her death.
This year my cousin Jeff went through something similar, losing their beautiful baby girl just days before she was due to be born. On December 23rd, I received a package in the mail with a lovely photo tribute to their sweet baby girl. Again, the injustice of a life not lived brings me to tears and the wrenching words of the grieving parents nearly caused a complete breakdown on my part.
My Great Uncle came to our holiday open house this year. His first Christmas since my Great Aunt Mae passed away. They were together for some 60+ years. Though I was very happy to see my Uncle, seeing him tear up throughout the evening was heartwrenching. Though she lived a long and happy life, it was not for her that I was sad this year, it was for those she left behind.
My holidays were happy, but with that happiness comes a bit of melancholy as well.