Maybe it came easy to me because they were her last words, and they are etched in my heart as well as on paper, I wasn't going to let her down.
One thing however, that I would have to add to her wise words is also- never take anyone for granted. It's much easier said than done, it's true- we don't truly know what we have until it's gone in most cases, but sometimes, listening to another person's perspective - if they are so willing to honestly share it (rather than agreeing with whatever you say) - can be absolutely priceless. Today- whether intentionally or not- my Mother in law made me realize - how incredibly lucky I truly am. I have the most amazing life.
I bet a lot of people read my facebook posts and think that I am fake- and there is no way anyone can be THAT happy (if you are one of those people you clearly haven't been around long enough though because I share pretty dark stuff too) - but I am -I am TRULY happy- the good- the bad the ugly? I'm happy. I'm happy because I am so incredibly blessed. This family is AMAZING - I don't know how I got so darn lucky.
Marriage is never EASY - it's something that takes work. Going on 14 years now ... and when I look back on some of it? It makes me CRINGE- then I smile because we made it - we were both dedicated- we both screwed up- we both got through it ....I feel that after all these years we are in a NEW kind of honeymoon stage- even when we "fight" it's over so quickly ...
The last week my wisdom tooth has been hurting - I still got up and made steak and egg breakfast for my husband. Why? Because he busts his ass to earn that money- and he is only here for 1 day- he is gonna damn sure eat well at the VERY least. Later in the day, I was laying down, and he had his arm draped over me while we watched a movie. I really thought nothing of it- we are like that all the time really- well not ALL the time - but 99% of it. My Mother inlaw happened to walk by our room- I guess she noticed.
Today? She mentioned it to me, she commented on how that little gesture - made her wonder - if she has ever had that in her life.
Something I take for granted, something I hardly even realize we do... is what apparently other people wish for.
The next time my husband drapes his arm over me - the way he always does when we are going to bed, the same arm I sometimes push off me because I just like to have some space when I sleep? Well- next time - I might just leave it there, smile - and say a prayer thanking God for blessing me with an AMAZING husband & Amazing children.
Count your blessings, be thankful for them, because somewhere out there? Is someone who wishes for the things you may be taking for granted.