It’s late. I came in here to shut down the computer, and got the urge to write. Everyone besides Terry and me went out to Hershey today, and they’re not back yet. The house has been incredibly quiet after two days of lots of noise. Good noise.
Sure is nice to see my kids and grandkids. The grands are all growing up so fast! The oldest is 18 now, and the youngest is already six. You know, when you’re young you think you’ll never grow old, and the time seems plenty long enough. Now, however, it’s as if the sixty-eight years behind me were lived in a nano-second. Of course, my children who range from late 30’s to mid-40’s put the lie to that notion 🙂
We got news yesterday of the sudden death of the husband of a young friend who is only in her mid-30’s, with three children to rear. Another death of a young man in his early 40’s, leaving wife and at least one child. This kind of news leaves me just speechless, and heartbroken for these young women who never dreamed they would be widowed so early in life.
We all know that death is a part of life, but we don’t really expect it to be a part of OUR lives! At least, not until we’re so old that we don’t know a thing about it any more.
Be thankful for your spouse, your children, your grandchildren. Don’t ever take them for granted. We are not promised that our lives will be without loss and pain; only that God will be with us through the loss and pain. We do need to learn to cherish the moment.
So. I didn’t intend for this to be maudlin or preachy. Just putting down words as they form in my mind. I’m missing our son in California, who couldn’t be with us this year. He’d have so enjoyed picking on his big brothers again. Also missing his girlfriend, who flew to Slovakia to be with her parents over Christmas. She’s a sweet girl, and we’re enjoying her very much.
All right, that’s enough. It’s almost exactly ten o’clock, and if I’m not in bed before Ken and family get here, I’ll be up until midnight hearing all about their day 🙂 That will wait until tomorrow.
If I don’t stop in again before Friday, I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, and thank you for being loyal readers and friends.
And to all, a good night 🙂