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In a New York Minute

From Don Henley's New York Minute
In a New York Minute
Everything can change
In a New York Minute

And in these days
When darkness falls early
And people rush home
To the ones they love
You better take a fool's advice
And take care of your own
One day they're here;
Next day they're gone

On Monday, my in-laws were heading to the hospital for my mother-in-law's shoulder surgery. Turning from their residential street onto a busy connector road, they were struck broad side by a big pickup truck.
Incredibly, both lived. It took over an hour for the jaws of life to cut him out and he'll be in the hospital for two or more weeks, but alive.

When sudden life-changing events occur, jumping out at you from alleyways, or perhaps sneaking up from behind on a darkening path, we see life so clearly.

On the way home from the hospital one night this week, my DH said, "You know, even though I didn't have the best upbringing, they did the best they could." (He wasn't hugged, read to, etc.) He continued, "I had some good times with my family when I was little. I choose to focus on that, not the negative. I don't want to be a bitter person, clinging to the past." (He's a good man!)

The point of this post?
Tell the ones you love that you care. Say it often. Make sure your kids hear it. Even if they're grown.
Don't cling to slights from the past. Life is too short. If you've been wronged, let it go.
Live your life fully!


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Feb. 8th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Lovely post. I'm sorry to hear about your in-laws' misfortune, but glad to hear the rest of the news/advice.
Feb. 8th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your concern! I am hoping that some good comes out of it all; perhaps they will see what a wonderful man he turned out to be...
Feb. 8th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder. Hope the in-laws do well.
Feb. 8th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
They are getting stronger each day, thanks. I remember after my father died that life seemed so much more finite and precious to those who loved him. Maybe this will help bring the whole family closer.
Feb. 8th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
That is so awful! Hope they are okay.
Feb. 8th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, they will be fine, in time. DH's father can't walk yet, but he is a stubborn man who won't let a little thing like a broken pelvis and non-weight bearing legs keep him down! He will put his determination into rehab and push himself.
Feb. 8th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
Oh my. I'm so sorry they've been through that, but what a lovely insight you've given us.
Feb. 8th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I always try to find the lesson to be learned from misfortune. I am ever hopeful that some good will come out of this all. At the very least, it gives me a renewed appreciation for my husband's good heart. :)
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