Today was one of those days that I was easily frustrated and annoyed by little things. Having to go to the laundromat (after Alan has promised and promised to fix ours), trying to figure out meals, attempting to write something anything for the blog (writers block is not my friend) and, what I thought would be the icing on my day, my site going down for no apparent reason. Annoyed and frustrated I decided to leave work and the housework alone and took Em to the movies.
As I was waiting for the movie to start I kept thinking of a friends Facebook update the other day. Her son asked her a pretty thought-provoking question and It kept running through my mind like it was on repeat. Once the movie started I shook it off and proceeded to think of nothing for the next two hours.
Little did I know that the site being down would be the best part of my day and would seem so inconsequential just a few short hours later. As I was sitting in the movie theater my friend Heather was taking her last breathes. A mother, a daughter, a wife, a friend and so much more. Loved by everyone that knew her, always upbeat and positive. She embraced life and lived it fully. Little did I know that her courageous and hard-fought fight with cancer was ending and cancer had won.
It reminded me, yet again, that living a life full of joy and embracing every moment is THE only way to live. That, even though its cliche, everyday really is a gift and one that we should never ever take for granted.
My prayer is that Heather woke up in heaven surrounded by loved ones and thinking about the sweetest dream she just dreamt. She will be missed. She will always be loved.
Heather, may you always feel the warmth and love of this wonderful dream. I’m so glad that we dreamt of each other.