I recently read some real and lovely stories that made me smile and yet could not but shed a few tears. And I take great pleasure in sharing these stories with you:
Today, my 8-year-old son hugged me and said, “You are the best mom in the whole world!” I smiled and sarcastically replied, “How do you know that? You haven’t met every mom in the entire world.” My son squeezed me tighter and said, “Yes I have. You are my world.”
Today, my dad turned 91. He barely has enough strength to speak. But every time my mom (she’s 84) walks into the room to check on him, he says, “Hello beautiful.”
Today, I sat down with my daughters, 4 and 6, to explain to them that we have to move out of our 4-bedroom house into a 2-bedroom apartment for a while until I can find another job that pays well. My daughters looked at each other and then my youngest daughter turned to me and asked, “Are we all moving into the apartment together?” “Yes,” I replied. “Oh, so no big deal then,” she said.
Today, as I pulled into my complex, I noticed my neighbour, who’s eight months pregnant, struggling with her groceries. I helped her climb the stairs. This evening, when I got home from the gym, I found a freshly baked apple pie near my doorstep with a note, “I used the ingredients you helped me carry to bake this. Enjoy!”
Today, on our 10th wedding anniversary, she handed me a suicide note she wrote when she was 22. And she said, “For all these years, I didn’t want you to know how foolish and unstable I was back when we met. But even though you didn’t know, you saved me. Thank you.”
These are reminders to value and cherish each day with our loved ones. Life is precious and so are those we share it with.