Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Thanksgiving for Christmas

One of my mother's best and oldest friends is quickly and painfully deteriorating from pancreatic cancer. Lois has 7 children. Six boys, one girl. Lois has somewhere on the order of 25 grandchildren - from toddler to teen. Two of Lois' sons were my first babysitters. Lois will die any minute, which is horrible. But she will be surrounded by approximately 40 *immediate* family members whose lives she touched every day -- her children and their children and their partners in childrening, and that is beautiful.

Forty loved ones. Imagine counting all those blessings as you drift off forever.

I can count mine on a peace sign.
Apparently I have some work to do.

To Lois,

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