Counting Blessings




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)

About Magnolia Beginnings

Just when you think you have it all down it changes again or... “Reshaping life! People who can say that have never understood a thing about life—they have never felt its breath, its heartbeat—however much they have seen or done. They look on it as a lump of raw material that needs to be processed by them, to be ennobled by their touch. But life is never a material, a substance to be molded. If you want to know, life is the principle of self-renewal, it is constantly renewing and remaking and changing and transfiguring itself, it is infinitely beyond your or my obtuse theories about it.” ― Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago

15 responses »

  1. 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…

  2. 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….

  3. 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…

  4. 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.

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