Well as they say, the best laid plans…what is it that they say? It’s funny the things you think are so important until something really important comes along. Yesterday, my children’s aunt who was just 52 on August 8, took a turn for the worse and is not expected to live to see the weekend. All plans are off and there is a lot of scrambling this morning to get her brother and my ex to Florida in order to see her before she leaves us. He and I continue to be very good friends so he stayed here last night because I’m closer to the airport and can give him the 5 am lift to Logan that he needed. The kids and I sat here last night with him for a long time talking and trying to take his mind off where he was about to go and what he will need to do over the next few days. He and I spent some time talking about how quickly life has gone by. We know each other for almost 30 years and it’s gone by in a blink. I can’t even begin to fathom knowing I had hours or at the most days left, as his sister does right now. She was at work, going food shopping, and I’m sure craving some time alone as I was recently, just a few weeks ago, completely unaware of how this summer would end.
So, with a very heavy heart, instead of packing for my get away I am counting my blessings. First that my heart continues to beat, and it seems it will for some time. Secondly, for all the people that won’t give me second to myself and can’t find the ketchup or the date or their own shoes without me. Also, for the fact that although disappointed I have wonderful people looking forward to seeing me whenever I manage to see them. I’m not going to make them wait too long.
I think I may just spend this weekend counting my blessings and leave the plans to a higher power. Enjoy the weekend, my friends.
The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!
(The best laid schemes of Mice and Men
oft go awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!)
Robert Burns, To a Mouse (Poem, November, 1785)
You are in my thoughts…so sorry. I am glad you are inspired to count your blessings this weekend…Hugs to you. ❤
Thank you. I really appreciate your kind words.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers…
Thank you, Diana.
You and yours have my prayers. This is a wonderful post as we just “let” a dear neighbor go. Yesterday we were going shopping, Today we are not… Well written Thank You..Yes: Count Blessings and Be Grateful.. Hey from Alabama…
Thank you, Mary. I think we all lose sight of how fortunate we are just to wake up each morning until something like this happens.
So very sorry, Maureen. Am keeping you and your family close to my heart. You’re absolutely right–things can change in an instant and we MUST do all that we can to enjoy the here and now….
The reality of the here and now as all that we really know is so scary. And yet, it is true isn’t it? I am very sorry for this tragic turn – for such a young woman to leave so soon. You and your family are in my heart…
Thank you Mimi. She passed last night, the day before her daughter’s 23rd birthday. So, today my neice is making funeral arrangements on her birthday. Just too sad for words.
I’m so, so sorry – what an impossibly difficult reality to absorb for everyone – but especially for your niece..
My thoughts are with you today.
Thank you Elizabeth.
I am so sorry to hear this. I love the perspective you bring to a difficult situation. I am thinking about you and your family in this difficult time and sending a big hug across the miles….
Thanks Jenn. It’s been rough on everyone, especially her daughter. Just a shame and all preventable. We all need to remember that taking good care of ourselves is the best gift we can give to the people we love.
PS I voted for you again! : )
🙂 Wow…that is so sweet of you in the middle of everything you and your famliy are going through. That is the sense I get of you – a very kind giving person who does A LOT for others. Thank you. Take care of yourslef during this difficult time. Thanks again.