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standard April 24, 2009 2 responses

I came home from a lovely evening out with my husband watching the live broadcast of Ira Glass’ show This American Life ready to vent about my stressful and irritating day.

Before opening my blogger dashboard I checked my email and found a lovely note from Shana. Yes, Shana, from Gorillabuns, mother of the adorable Thalon who passed away unexpectedly two weeks ago. Her precious baby is dead and she’s taking the time to email everyone who left a comment on her blog. Mindboggling.

Then, because the two will forever be linked in my mind, I went to check on the Spohrs, whose sweet daughter Maddie passed away also unexpectedly shortly before Thalon. Today Maddie’s oxygen tank, an essential piece of life maintaining medical equipment, was picked up from their home. It’s absence is now a painful visual reminder that their daughter is really gone.

I left a couple tearful comments and swallowed in an attempt to dislodge the lump in my throat before turning to my blog post. And that’s when I drew a blank. I can’t help it, venting about irritating insurance practices or waxing poetic about my writing style of choice just seems petty in the face of all that sadness and loss.

I’m sure I’ll be back with something trite or funny tomorrow. Or maybe an anecdote about some mundane part of our lives. But tonight I’m going to go to bed and think about those two little children and their parents and how I know they wish they could just be going to bed frustrated about silly arguments or irritating insurance claims.

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  • It amazes me how well some people can cope and move on. What a gift Thalon’s mom has.

    When I was 6 months pregnant with my 2nd, I miscarried. Of course it was very sad at the time, but the way I look on it now is that if I hadn’t lost that one, I never would have met the daughter I had after her. I wish Thalon & Maddie’s parents a similar gift.

  • I have not suffered the loss of a child, but both my parents have died.

    I think it’s a blessing when life is normal. Perspective is a great thing, and it’s good to pause before complaining. But aren’t we blessed to have good, healthy lives, where all we DO have to be bothered by is the minutae?

    This week, life got to me. I was exhausted, and I attempted to vent in a post just to let some thoughts out. Even as I did so, I thought, “Remember the years life was like this but you also had a dad with cancer?” Or less stunning but still tiring, “Remember when you were dealing with a spring like this and earning your masters, parenting a younger boy, and nursing heartache?”

    This too shall pass. It’s always good to reflect on all we have, and by all, I don’t mean stuff! But it’s also okay to express frustration and exhaustion.

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