Yesterday we lost a member of our community in a tragic car accident. On his way to work went off the road and hit a tree. I didn’t know him but I knew of him. His wife works at Noah’s school. His nephew is in the same grade as Kayla. His children played hockey and he has coached several teams. I have not been able to stop thinking about him all day. It was a day like any other for them. Getting the kids off to school, probably thinking about the day ahead and going to work. I wonder what happened? Was he reaching for a CD? Checking his Blackberry? Swerving to miss an animal in the road? I don’t know if we’ll ever know. I can’t help but be taken aback by the reality that it can be over that quickly. Everything they knew as a family has been changed without warning. I wonder if he kissed his wife and kids good bye that morning. I wonder if everyone was so caught up in the business of life that they forgot to take the time to say “I love you”.
It is so easy to get consumed by the little things in life that we forget that they are just that: little things. The desire for a bigger house or better car. Worrying about that 10 (or 20 or 50) pounds that you want to lose. Getting irritated with the person who has 12 items in the lane that clearly says “10 Items or Less”. Honking at the car on the road that is going slower than you would like. Being frustrated by the neighbor’s barking dogs. Scolding your children for being too loud or too messy or too anything.
I am humbled by all that I have been given. A couple of days ago I said to someone how thankful I am that Bruce has a job in this economy. I have changed my mind. I am thankful for Bruce, with or without a job. I am thankful for my children–no matter what day it is. I am thankful that we have a house in which to live, two cars that run, and that we don’t worry about putting food on the table. I am thankful that my marriage is stable and my children are happy. I am thankful for this day and all that it represents.
I am thankful for the sunrise:
Because each time I see one of them I am reminded that I have been given the gift of another day here with my loved ones.