Yesterday was one of those days. I know that others who have gone through life/death experiences will understand. And it happened at Tinkertown. I hadn’t had one of these for a while and I was really hoping that I wasn’t settling into a “normal” life again. Some things happened in the past few weeks that were unsettling and eye opening again – one of them being the passing of the mother of a good friend of mine. She had been diagnosed just before I was and had been battling with breast cancer since then. I followed her treatment from a distance and when I heard she had lost the fight, and gone home, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Something like this can have a profound effect on a survivor. One fellow BC survivor said every once in a while something comes along when your false sense of well-being is devastated and you realize again how fragile life is.
So yesterday, at Tinkertown, my 3 yr old granddaughters were riding on the Merry-go-round. I was watching them and as they came around and I saw the joy and thrill of the experience on their faces, I had that overwhelming sense of appreciation for life. There was no holding back the tears. It came in a swell from deep inside. I was filled with such a thankfulness for the gift of being able to be there in that moment. My daughters stood beside me as we hugged and realized together how precious this experience was.
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