Monday, March 17, 2014

I Got Another One

Yesterday, I ignored my outrageous pile of clothes that needed folding.  
I plucked through them and pulled out Patrick and Caroline's clothes for the next day.  
I gathered them and looked at them and held them close.
I breathed them in and closed my eyes.
I have one more day of doing this...
the mundane...
the boring...
the rituals of living...
I got another day...

she did not.

A lady in my town that I only knew as a "friend of a friend" passed away.

She leaves behind so many, including her son, age 14, and her daughter, age 11.

No more packing lunches.
Figuring out carpools.
No more chances to argue about clothes...
or bedtime...
or homework...
or showering.

No more music that reminds her of something special.
No more silly jokes.
No more snuggles...
or books that keep you reading until way too late...
or chances to try again.

Honestly, sometimes this world is too hard.

Why did she have so few days?
Why do I have more?

No clue.

I wish I could make sense of things that seem utterly wrong...
and rotten.

But I'm no sage.

I just get another...
and I'm not taking it for granted.
I'm going to squeeze this day like it's a soggy pool towel...
kiss my babies about a hundred more times than necessary.
Text those two that think they're big.
Hug that hubby.
Snuggle the pooch.
Write letters.
Check crap off that enormous list of stuff to do...and smile while doing it.

I get another day!

I'm going to eat good food.
Buy a brand new baby girl something special.
Plan a trip.
Make time for yoga.
Kiss long and hard that sweet guy who spends his days with me.

I'm gonna thank my mail lady.
I'm gonna buy someone a coffee.
I'm gonna give someone the benefit of the doubt.
And pay that parking ticket.

No more nagging.
No more procrastinating.
No more delaying.

I got another.
How to cherish it?
How to hold it dear?
How to make it count?

Fill up that grateful spot and let it flow...
let the universe know how much you love this time...
precious time...
always ticking away...on the good days and the bad days...

Today, you have another...
one more chance...
one breath at a time...
one smile at a time...
let's enjoy it.

It's not coming back...
but it's ours right now.
Grab it.

"I still find each day too short for 
all the thoughts I want to think, 
all the walks I want to take, 
all the books I want to read, 
and all the friends I want to see."  
-- John Burroughs


  1. Thank you for this post. Very meaningful.

  2. Nadelle -- thanks for taking the time to comment. You're welcome! It always amazes me what touches others too. I wrote this post for the necessary reminder that I need almost every day. I'm so glad it resonated with you, too. :) Enjoy your day...we got another!