Hold Them Tight
I made sure I held my children tight tonight.
I did not complain quite as much when they failed to go to sleep. I stroked their hair and told them how very much I loved them.
Instead of dreading being woken up during the night I look forward to having sleepy cuddles with them, however many times they choose to wake up.
Because I know I am lucky to have healthy children who are here with me and who have every chance of leading long lives.
They certainly have their own challenges but they are are not life-threatening and can be overcome with love, patience and persistence.
I know other families are not so lucky. Families who face the agony of terminal illness, degenerative disease, tragic accidents. Families who are never given the opportunity to spend a lifetime together.
I have been moved to tears tonight by the story of Anaya. I wish I had known of her sooner as her battle for life nears it’s conclusion.
Her family’s bravery in sharing their story and their life with her is extraordinary. I don’t know whether I could be quite so brave in similar circumstances.
Stories like these make my heart literally hurt. I hurt for the family and the unimaginable pain they are suffering watching their little one fade away.
And I hurt for myself. I see what I’m taking for granted, I see the frustration I sometimes show to my children, I see how I’m not fully appreciating the blessings of my life.
So, I choose to be positive. I choose to be there for them. I choose to listen. I choose to have patience. I choose them over everything else.
I will think of Anaya and her family tonight and all the other families who are separated from each other all too soon.
And I will make sure I continue to hold my kids tight, now and forever.
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