Lucky.

2/11/2014


Hey guys. Sorry I have been so wishy-washy with posts lately. Last week there was a lot going on with work and, oh yeah, I'm a mom of two young kids. Sometimes things just are crazy. But something else happened. Someone I know lost a battle with a terribly awful disease. I knew her when we waved to each other in the mornings to and from work. I knew her from passing by her house and stopping for a quick chat about the insanity of mommyhood. I knew her from the day we walked into our house here for the first time and I was hugely pregnant and overwhelmed and she welcomed me to the neighborhood with a great book about life with a new baby. I knew her from all of the lovely hand-me-down toys and Disney movies from her two young boys. I didn't know her well. But I knew her enough.

The last time I saw her was in December, right before Christmas. She was thin and had lost all of her hair, but she was still smiling and talkative. She had to be, she was a mom. As I was leaving she said something that I'll remember forever, "Alexa, you're so lucky. You have two beautiful children..." She paused only briefly and then said, "It sometimes doesn't feel like it but in that way we both are lucky."

Yes. We are.

Rest in Peace, Claudine.
xo

Photo original to The Short and the Sweet of It

24 comments:

biggestlittleblog said...

What an amazing last memory and such powerful words to remember. Perspective is such a beautiful thing.

Leslie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Indeed, we are lucky.

Alex Hubbard said...

Sending love to you + Claudine's family. <3

sara said...

So sorry for your loss -- what a beautiful piece of writing to remember her by.

A Crimson Kiss said...

I'm so sorry for your loss–what incredible perspective your friend had on life.

Jillian Manesh said...

im so sorry for your loss. thinking of claudine and her family ! xo

Kat said...

Oh Alexa, I'm so sorry! That made me cry- I can only imagine how you feel. I'm so, so sorry! Big, big hugs xoxo

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i am so sorry for your loss.

Laura said...

I'm so sorry Alexa. Lovely words xo

Courtney Erin said...

That's really sad - but it sounds like her attitude to life (even in sickness) was one of thankfulness and hope and there's a lot to be said for that.

Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I'm so very sorry Alexa. I know the pain of loosing a friend to a terrible disease and I'll be thinking of you, and her family during this horrible time. And cheers to her for her excellent perspective on life.

Designwali said...

It is times like this where we clearly see the blessings that come into our lives. Sorry for your loss.

Mary Jo said...

Oh I'm so sorry Alexa. Just reading this makes me feel teary. Sending you a hug. You really are such a lucky girl, we all are, to be alive. So easy to forget in the hectic lives we lead. This was so beautifully written, thank you for sharing.

xo Mary Jo

Susan said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Alexa. What a beautiful memory and lovely quote as well.

Susan said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Alexa. What a beautiful memory and lovely quote as well.

Susan said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Alexa. What a beautiful memory and lovely quote as well.

Susan said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Alexa. What a beautiful memory and lovely quote as well.

LAS said...

So sorry Lex, such a sad thing to hear, but it sounds like she was a good person who left a happy imprint on this world. Yes, you are both lucky.

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Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

I am so deeply sorry Alexa... We should never take for granted how lucky we are, never. Always grateful, always.

Johanna said...

So tragic but what a great attitude. Really sorry to hear about your friend.

Christina Schergen said...

This was so lovley. hugs.

Erin said...

Oh, sweet Alexa, I'm so sorry. You knew her, and that means you knew her well enough to be saddened by her passing. I'm so sorry, she sounded like a wonderful woman. Life is too short and too strange and sad sometimes, but she was right to focus on the good things you each have. That should be her legacy for you. xoxo

17 Perth said...

Oh my goodness. I am so sorry for your loss. And what a wise, wise woman....and such a beautiful way to be remembered.