Yesterday something happened in my family and one of my family members was sick. I got an email that had been sent a day before and it was sharing a not so good health update about a family member who is getting up there in age. I didn’t even read the whole email before tears started flowing from my eyes.
I know that people get older and that eventually my elders will soon pass on, but it’s hard to swallow just the same. I haven’t lost a family member but it still brings to my mind that my elders are getting older with each passing year. This also means more health issues and complications. It makes me sad but it would be sadder to me to see someone, whether family or not, live a life incomplete through pain and suffering.
Let me tell you what though, I went from tears to laughter when I reached that hospital room yesterday! It’s funny how you watch a farmer be a strong man, even at the age of 87. I am amazed to see how strong my Grampa is. I thought of the memories I have of my Grampa from back in the days of my youth. My Grampa is the one who taught me how to play solitaire and he used to save those mini-pages in the newspaper for me all the time. I remember a while back, I was probably a teen and a little too old for the mini-pages but my Grampa was still saving them for me. I smiled because it was so sweet to know that my Grampa, who I barely see or talk to was still thinking of me and the little memories we had together.
Another amazing thing that happened yesterday was that I realized my Dad’s side of the family has their own phone tree type thing going on because I received an email from my Dad that was sent to him by his sister. From there my cousin on Facebook saw that something was up and I got her email address to forward her that same email. I then called my sister crying like a big old baby and went to pick her up. It went from one family member contacting a couple to each of us helping to keep each other posted along the way.
Family comes together in time of need and family is always there to show love, share laughter and smiles no matter what situation is at hand. Today I am thankful for family and yesterday I was reminded why I am so thankful.