Sunday, February 26, 2006
Last night, Keith and I had the house to ourselves for the first time in ages. The kids all went out to a dance for the evening. Carol and her kids went to a sleep over/video party. So that left me and my honey here alone. We went out and got salmon, prawns , yams, asparagus and a bottle of red wine. We also picked up a movie. We worked together on dinner and sat down to a delicious candle lit meal. It was a wonderful evening. The fact that nights like this are so rare, makes it even more appreciated. This night was one of those moments you treasure.
This afternoon we went to Keith's work's Family Disco Bowling Day at Maple Ridge Lanes. Two of our kids came along. What a great family event it was. Pizza, pop, real disco music, flashing lights. It was a big success, lots of employees turned out with their families. These are special days. The people Keith works with are so nice and they are like a big family. I treasure times like these. An afternoon shared with my family and lots of friends. I can't bowl if my life depended on it, but I do throw a mean gutter ball! Another memory, another happy moment to tuck away.
After bowling wrapped up we headed over to the grocery store. I have been shopping there for almost 10 years. I am there at least twice a week. Today at the check out I was saddened to see a framed photo of one of the girls surrounded by sympathy cards. One of the cashiers. She has been working there for as long as I have been a customer. I didn't know her name, it may have been Chris, but I am not sure. She was a lovely blonde woman, about my age. I know she has a family. We have chatted as she rang my order up, many times. The service lad claimed not to know much about the matter when I asked him what happened to her. I suppose the staff needs to maintain some privacy.
I am thrown at the affect her passing has had on me. I am so sad for her sudden departure from this world. This woman who I barely knew. I can't imagine what her young family must be going through just now. They have lost a lovely wife and mother.
It just seems so unfair. She worked hard all her life. She was always cheery, always had a smile for the customers. I guess I just relate to her. A working mom. Happily doing what she had to do to make ends meet. Putting food on the table for a family that she will never see grow up. Never see wed, Grandchildren that will never know her.
Instances such as this firm up my own resolution to make the most of every moment. You never know when your time will come. We tend to think we have years ahead of us. Put off doing things for another day.
I pray that her heart was prepared to leave this world. That she made the most of the time she had with her loved ones. That they have fond memories of her to see them through this difficult time. Lots of moments to hold onto.
Make the most of each moment.