Just as I was drifting off to sleep last night I had the thought, “You should call Grandma tomorrow.” I felt myself smile. Then I got sad before I even recognized why. The reality jolted me awake. Neither of my grandmothers is alive anymore. They were both a wonderful, reassuring part of my childhood. I love that I had that with them and am thankful that their love is still with me. I thought about them both for a time, not knowing why they were on my mind, but glad that they were.
Then, this morning, while catching up on Facebook, a friend posted about her grandmother’s passing and how she was struggling with that. I think that’s why I thought of my own lost loves last night, to feel with my friend today. Thanks for the love to share, Grandmas!
That was just the beginning of my heavy head, though… Continue reading
Recently I drove by a school after hours and saw a woman I can only guess might have been a teacher leaving for the day. She had a bag in each hand and looked exhausted. She paused to readjust her grip and closed her eyes for a minute saying some silent prayer or curse – not sure which. And I wondered what the rest of her story might be. Had she had a difficult day? Had she finally had a breakthrough with a challenging student? Was she headed home to a lonesome and quiet house? Was she bracing herself for the rush of children or pets that would greet her at the door? Was her mother ill or had her father just remarried? Did she hate cooking dinner every night or relax with a glass of wine and classical music while chopping vegetables? What was going on that the eyes couldn’t see?
You’ve probably heard that we are who we are because of the life we’ve lived. The things that happen in our youth help shape who we come as adults. Those opinions we form in our impressionable teen years influence our lives decades later. Even things that happen in our adulthood can impact us a little…or a lot. That’s life! It’s always giving us opportunities to grow.
What I find important to acknowledge, though, is that it’s not just what happens in our lives. We are also who we are because of who happens to be in our lives.
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