Of Long Moments

The week was long.
Traveling Monday.
Coughing. Aching. Feverish children.
Lots of weekend laundry.
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Living on memories of a good weekend.
A weekend of family.

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Tuesday morning the call.
An unexpected death.
Such a sweet older lady.
Tears. Sadness. Gray skies.
My wheels started spinning
and I got very little done.
Hard to think. shock.

Food prep.
Gladly feeding sad families.
Tired eyes speaking thanks.
Squeezing hands and giving hugs.

Seeing the casket rolled in.
Hearing a small voice cry,
“Grandmas here!”
Tears.
Grandchildren crying.
Sons and daughters,
crying and laughing together.
Celebrating a life well lived.

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One child well, another one down.
Missing school days.
Homework. Headaches.
Stuffed noses. Grouchies.
Although the Mom was well,
the grouchies got to her too.

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Sister time.
Pajamas, the clothing of choice.
Anything warm.
Lots of “cuzzles” as Mr D says.
Tea. Cough drops. Movies. Books.

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Blankets. Pillows. Toys.
Piled high. Dropped everywhere.
Drink. Tissues.
Waste can overflowing.
Naps.
Mom wants one too.
We will survive.
We will.
We are thankful in it all.

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Little one dances on the table top.
again.
Wearing duck-taped gumboots,
a smile and her favorite monkey shirt.

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She seems to think it’s where she belongs.
She’s not sick and she’s quite happy about it.
So are we.

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We relive Thanksgiving memories
and especially thank God
for Grandmas and Grandpas.

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We call family and talk long.
We’re grateful for one more day.
One more day of unpredictable life.

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10 thoughts on “Of Long Moments

  1. Truly, if we never saw the darkness, we couldn’t appreciate the sunshine quite so much!

    We have THIS moment………………

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  2. It’s hard to be thankful when times are trying! I love this post! Hopefully everyone is better soon. My youngest had croup this week and I have to say her grumpiness got to me too 🙂 By the way, love the new header 🙂

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  3. Raw emotions, real life. I love your way of writing. And your pictures. In our house it was mom who had the flu and the grouchies. But I was still thankful, because when one of the family is sick, I always say I would gladly take it for them. I’m praying for the Miller family. Such a shock.

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  4. this post just bring tears to my eyes. life IS hard, but God is good. it’s so hard to remember this sometimes. i hope you and yours are better, and stay better through the rest of the holiday season. beautiful pictures, meaningful words Shannon!!

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