Thursday, July 7, 2011
Meeting in a Parking Lot
Sweetpea had a great appointment and as we were in the parking lot headed to our car, a sweet lady smiled at me and said "Enjoy them now while they are young and soak it all up." I then noticed she had tears in her eyes and I stopped walking.
She smiled through the tears and went on to say that her 21 year old daughter is in the hospital fighting cancer. They need a miracle for her to make it through this. She looked at Buddy and Sweetpea and talked about her daughter at a younger age. I told her that I would be praying for her and her daughter and tried not to tear up myself. This woman that I just met turned and said, "You are a great mom, I can tell. Just keep up the hard work and enjoy them through every moment." She then walked away back inside the hospital building. I put Buddy and Sweetpea into their car seats and kissed both their foreheads.
Each time that I felt frustrated this afternoon, I took a deep breath and remembered this short conversation. Suddenly the little frustrations weren't so bad and I stopped and prayed for the daughter going through cancer treatments. I needed that big reminder today to cherish each moment with my children and I know that this will stick with me for a long time to come.