Just a quick Thursday post due to loss and severe illness in both sides of our family. It’s a reminder to appreciate life and loved ones, and to hug our kiddos, even when they’re naughty. I’m rejoicing in my kids’ chaos and noise today because it’s a reminder of precious life!

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jcnierad
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 14:32:11

    Always a good reminder; it’s silly how easy it is to forget this, but we do. Thank you for the post, Abby.


  2. annettecrey
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 20:55:00

    The human experience can be a sad and tragic one. We must concentrate on counting our blessings. My prayers are with you.


  3. abbyplambeck
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 20:47:34

    Thanks, Jess and Annette. It’s been a week with too many reminders of our mortality. I appreciate your thoughts!


  4. annettecrey
    Oct 14, 2011 @ 23:23:16

    I re-read this article and wanted to leave another comment. This is extremely well-written. You have been able to impart the “mood” in the story without eulogizing the man or mentioning displays of grief. You mention more than once how children live in the moment and move on, how they can pass skulls and representations of death to get to the candy. Maybe they can do this, in part, because the fairy tales they hear end with a saving woodsman (Little Red Riding Hood) or a handsome Prince kisses the “dead” Sleeping Beauty awake. People are resilient and pick up their lives after storms and tragedy. In the human heart, hope springs eternal. Kids just show it to us in a matter-of-fact way. They are shielded in their innocence and don’t yet know that all frogs are not princes. Keep us these terrific insights – you word them well.


    • abbyplambeck
      Oct 15, 2011 @ 20:27:47

      Thank you, Annette. I appreciate your kind words, especially on such a personal topic. You make a good point about the resiliency of human beings too. Just look at the many stories of courage and and strength during and after 9/11.


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