After reading about the recent devastation and heart breaking stories from Hurricane Sandy, I hugged the Tiny Toddler a little tighter last night. I was again reminded of how lucky and foruntate I was to have survived the storm with just some personal inconvenience. Last night I read a story about a mother who was trying to evacuate (too late) with her two children and the flood waters rushed in. After she removed them from the car, the flood waters were so strong they forced her to lose her grip on her two children and they were taken by the water. My heart breaks for this mother and for all those affected by the storm. As I reflected on this situation last night, I thought about a friend of mine who recently experienced the loss of her aunt's child. At only 2 years old, he lost his battle to cancer a few weeks ago and the family was beyond devastated-how could this brightly smiling little boy be gone? The future moments they envisioned to have with their children were gone instantly. I could tell you more stories that I thought about, t but I think you get the point.
Life is so precious and many time we take for granted that we have our loved ones and especially our little ones with us. We cannot predict the future regardless of what you see on tv or read in books. We cannot know if our children will get sick or if a traffic accident will occur. We live our lives knowing there are thousands of possibilities and outcomes that can happen every single day. We are NOT promised a tomorrow.
As I sat and thought about this again this morning, the Tiny Toddler woke up and started to smile at me, I hugged him a bit tighter, and he told me "I love you mama!". We then went downstairs and had leftover mini apple pies with a small scoop of icecream for breakfast-the Tiny Toddler was beyond thrilled! Yes, I know it is not the best breakfast he could have had (he did later eat a hard boiled egg and yogurt). Sometimes you have to create those special moments because you don't know when you will get them again. So have dessert for breakfast every once in a while, have a silly dance party in the living room, let the kids snuggle with you a little extra at night even if it means you miss your show, etc. Recent events have reminded me to enjoy the little moments to the fullest extent possible and to make it count! So hug your loved ones a little tighter and even though you may be busy, take a moment out of the busy schedule to create something special and out of the ordinary to celebrate life!
What are some little moments you have created?
My heart is breaking in so many pieces for that mother.
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