People talk all of the time about love at first sight. Something about the way a person moves through space, their demeanor, that makes an individual fall in love with them. I’ve always taken that concept a bit further and wondered if it were possible to love someone you’ve never met – and I mean truly, unequivocally love LOVE someone. I’m not talking about loving someone the way a school girl loves a celebrity they will most likely never meet. I’m talking real, real love.
So, is it possible to love someone you’ve never met.. and someone you’re never going to meet – well, at least not in this lifetime. Is it possible to truly love someone who died before you lived?
I’d like to say it is possible…
My Grandfather, Thomas, goofing around in his wife’s nightgown.
Yesterday I checked my email to find a forwarded message from my mother. The text was short and sweet, she wanted me to see a few pictures of my grandfather that I had never before seen. Photos she had never before seen either. The way I felt when I opened them is hard to put to words.
I think it’s important that parents take the time to regularly do something special for themselves. I know that I, personally, often times get lost in the business of caring for another person. I tend to let that “duty” override any other desires I have in this life. The fact of the matter is we don’t stop wanting once we become parents. And we shouldn’t devote all of our energies to caring for our children.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s a fine line to walk. As a mother I have responsibilities that must come before any personal desires. As a mother I must always think about the decisions I make and the effects they will have on my daughter. But that doesn’t mean I cannot do things, within reason, for myself – guilt free. I think it’s important that we find a happy medium. Personal wellness is vital.
(Just the two of us. Being silly today.)
In honor of this glorious American Holiday I am going to take the time to say, out loud, a few of the MANY things I am thankful for. I do not take enough time out of my day, or even out of my month, to think about all the great things I have in my life; both large and small. I think it is an important thing to do. I think giving thanks for the things we have is a good exercise. I think it is humbling. I think I should do it more often, and I think you should too! At the end of my blog, you should take a moment to write one word, one thing, that you are thankful for, be it large or small. You need not elaborate on why, unless you so chose. Just one word. One word of thanks. One thing, large or small, to express how good you have it.
So, I’m back after a two day hiatus. Sorry. I am sure you all missed me tremendously.
First, I want to thank everyone for all of the kind words written on my last post, One Month. It really was overwhelming to have so many people tell me that they think I am doing a great job. I also want to let my cousin, Caitlin (a long time blogger) and her mother, my Aunt Debi, know that I will write something special for the both of them, taking into consideration their requests, very very soon.