Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A sad day...

Today we got word that our very good friend's
Sister-in-Law lost her battle with cancer.
That in itself is sad, and she leaves behind a family
and friends (many from childhood) who love her.
She also leaves a loving husband
and two very young children. They are 7 and 4 years old.
I cannot even imagine the pain they are in right now.
Each of us has our own hardship, periods of sadness,
bad days, stresses over everything from money to husbands
and children who either don't react quickly enough when we
ask them to do something, or don't pick up after themselves...
but just for today, let us try to be aware of how very lucky we are
that we are here and we have them in our lives .Even if just Yesterday
that we were wishing to be somewhere else ( if only for a little while)
and the idea of a George Clooney look alike who knows what a hamper
is for wasn't just a bit more attractive then the guy who comes home to us each night..
let us just try to remember that not everyone gets a choice to try harder today
to make their marriage all it can be, or to try to be more patient with their children. For Fran.


Mrs. Darling said...

That is just so sad. My heart just goes out to those kids. I just cant imagne what they are going through!

Is that a pic of you and your husband?

Jenny said...

Oh, Kate, that's so sad- when I think of the suffering her husband and children are enduring now, I just shiver. You're absolutely right about being grateful for what we have- thank you for the sad but much-needed reminder.

Sara said...


That is a sad day. Thank you for the reminder to keep things in perspective. Every day is a gift.

Kate in NJ said...

Mrs D- No, that is Fran and her husband this past October.

Thank you all for your visit and kind words.

ZILLA said...

I'm so sorry for such a tremendous loss, for so many, including you, who felt moved to write about it so wisely.

Let's make the most of the choices each day brings us.

Thanks, Kate.

Cher Mere said...

This post brought tears to my eyes. My older sister passes away from cancer, leaving behind three daughters, on the same weekend I found out I was pregnant with Z.

It breaks my heart. I hope your friend's family to find hope and healing some day.

Patience said...

What a tragedy. I am so sorry for your loss and for the stunning loss the family is experiencing.

Sorry I sent you my blithe email in the middle of all this, I didn't read your post until afterwards :-(

Frankie said...

I am so sorry -- what a beautiful post, though. I will carry that with me.

Angela said...

Thank you for the reminder to always take a deep breath, and respond to our families with love and patience. I will light candle for Fran and her family, praying for peace.

Wendy said...

Terribly sad indeed. Hurts me deeply to hear this.

Wendy Hawksley said...

I am very sorry to hear this. I can only imagine the loss the must bear.

Kate in NJ said...

Thank you all for the kind words.

Cher ((hugs))

Brit said...

Thank you for the beautiful reminder. I needed it today, to just sit and appreciate the people we love. Thinking of you and your friend's family.

Maddie, Mad Rambler, Queen of the night zombies... said...

Thank you once again for sharing your beautiful spirit with us, your kind words have remminded me that all too often life is taken for granted,unfortunately it takes such an event to really bring what's important into perspective, and then it seems only fleeting.
My family is sadly preparing for this very same moment. While fighting valiently my step father seems to be be losing this same battle and it is defeating my mother as well, who is slowly falling apart along side him. Your words today gave me that guidance and extra perpective about what is truely important and how all of life's little details should also be cherished.
While I can not begin to even understand what Fran's family and friends are going through, please convey to her family and loved ones that her passing has touched many even if by your elegant words alone.
Tonight I will hug my husband a little tighter, snuggle my children a little longer and tell my mother how truely important she is in our lives. Tonight I will sleep more soundly knowing that today was not just one of those days that fell through the cracks of everyday life.

Thank you, Kate.

Mariposa said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friend and her family. It is so tragic.

Anonymous said...

So sad, Kate. And, thanks, I needed that.

Maddie, Mad Rambler, Queen of the night zombies... said...

Hi Kate,

I hope you don't mind but I linked back to your blog on my latest post. Your thoughts truly touched me.

Rockin' Moroccan Mama said...

WOw, how sad, my heart goes out to those 2 little ones. Your post was very touching and yes today and every other day I will be grateful I am here. That was extremely sad. May she rest on peace.

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