You Just Never Know

I was reminded today of the uncertainty of our time here. Again.

It is so easy for me to get caught up in routine, schedules, and the general busyness of life. I stress over laundry, and I watch way too much tv. I am guilty of setting the boys in front of SpongeBob with a chicken nugget picnic while I retreat to the comfort of a good book under my covers. And, goodness knows, I spend way too much time on the computer.

And then reality comes and slaps me in the face. Again.

A couple of weeks ago, I heard the very tragic news that a girl I went to high school with passed away. Very suddenly. Very unexpectedly. She had 2 tiny babies that will now grow up without their mama. And she was healthy.

You just never know.

This weekend my cousin passed away. She was in her thirties, and though she had made some choices in her life that weren't the best for her body...she was still young. And she died in her sleep. And her husband found her dead when he woke up in the morning. It still doesn't even seem real. I can hear her laughing. I can hear her Kenny Chesney ringtone. And I can still see this crazy teal shirt she always wore.

You just never know.

Today I found out that a lady (that is very closely associated with the school that I work at) might possibly have had a heart attack today. She's in her thirties. She eats right. She is no bigger than my pinkie and is an exercise freak. And she almost died today. She's in the hospital right now, with her very young children around her. And I'm not sure she's out of the woods.

You just never know.

I feel like cuddling on the couch tonight with my boys. I want to watch the same episodes of iCarly and Drake & Josh that I'm guilty of walking out on so many times. I want to read books about aliens and vomit and superheroes. I want to eat popcorn and giggle when they stick it in their noses.

Because you just never know.


Stephanie @ My Answered Prayer said...

I'm so sorry about your cousin. I had no idea. I'm just as guilty as you!!!

Stephanie said...

Amen and Amen. I have had this seem thought on my mind for the last week. You just never know...life is sweet but also short. You are in my prayers.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

You're right...you just never know.

I'm sorry about your cousin. And about your coworker.
Hard, hard stuff.

Snuggle up and enjoy your evening. I'll say a prayer for you and your cousin's family, and for your friend in the hospital.

Mary @ Simple Things said...

I'm so sorry to hear of all these losses. I too was reminded of how fragile life is today. I learned today that a former classmate is planning her funeral after battling breast, lung and brain cancer for 15 years. She is only 40 years old. We should all hold tight to the ones we love and make certain they know what they mean to us.

Tiffani said...

My goodness...that is a LOT. This life is so uncertain. I am so sorry for your loss...

I know exactly what you mean, though. Some days I feel like I haven't even "seen" my kids and I'm at home all day with them!

Hope you have some extra good snuggle time tonight!

Carpoolqueen said...

This made me pause. Thank you for the reminder. And so sorry that you've got it all swirling around you.

Praying for your peace.

The Bowden's said...

Goodness! When it rains, it pours, doesn't it?

Hope you are happily snuggling up with your babies right this very minute. I've been playing Barbies tonight. And that makes me smile...well, just this once. :)

Kristin said...

You absolutely never know. I'm sorry so much has hit you this week and those around you.

Sidenote: I like HSM too. ;o)

Kendra said...

You are so right. Life is brief, and we just never know when our life on Earth is over. We do need to live every day to the fullest. I am sorry you have had so many reminders of this lately.

Anonymous said...

You're right. It's so easy to get caught up in the everyday and completely miss the day! I'm sorry you've had such in-your-face reminders, but I'm thankful you reminded us not to miss what's right in front of us. I hope you and your "rascals" enjoyed a good evening together.

It's a wonderful life said...

I am so sorry about your losses and your hard times. I know exactly what you mean I am guilty of not spending enough quality time with Savana. You are good mommy!! You are right you never know.

lisa@littlesliceoflife said...

So true.

I'm sorry about your cousin. I read about her on Mich's blog but hadn't made it over here to tell you how sorry I was.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Oh, now I want to rush in there and wake up my sleeping baby and give her an extra big squeeze. Because you never know. Sobering, isn't it?

Lori Motl said...

I'm so sorry about all of these losses. I had this a couple of weeks ago. No one directly connected to me, but it seemed everywhere I turned there were people hurting so much. I am trying to appreciate each day and each moment a little more. Thank you for the reminder. I'm going to give my kiddos extra kisses!