Today, I watched another family say goodbye to someone else lost way too soon. I struggled with the decision to allow my daughter to say goodbye to a teacher she loved. She was faced with the death of her father way too early in life, and it became a normal part of her world. I strongly believe in allowing her to learn, understand and grieve as she chooses. I believe death is a part of life and won’t hide that from her. I agreed to allow her the closure she was asking for. I’m so proud of my girl for insisting she get to honor him, and support his loved ones today. It brought up a lot of old pain and feelings for me. Still, I’m happy with the decision I made. She certainly isn’t your average 5 year old. She amazes me every day, and so much more today seeing how loving, caring and mature she is. Tonight I’m thinking about what it’s like when everything is over. The funeral is done, and everyone is going back to their normal lives. That’s when reality sets in and the ones close have to find their new “normal.” Tonight, I’m thinking about them. Life is short. Hold your loved ones close. I’m incredibly lucky to have my chapter two and I promise not to take that for granted.
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