It was ten years ago and I remember it like it was yesterday. I was fortunate enough to be attending a conference in Orlando, Florida during February and if you live in the midwest, you know that Florida in February is a real treat! Another bonus for me was the Board Meeting was during the conference, so I was in Florida when the other administrators would be in the meeting. Hey, I appreciate meetings, but it is nice to get a “pass” once every few years. Well, low and behold, the weather ❄️ put a damper on the meeting and never in my history was a board meeting changed, but lucky me, it was moved (not cancelled) until the following Monday night. Well, that meant I would arrive home Sunday and have a meeting Monday night and I did not have any coverage for my four year old since my husband had a meeting on Monday night as well. My mother-in-law lived close and my father-in-law had passed nine months earlier, so I was hoping she could help me out by watching my son.
Well, sure enough, she was able to cover for me. I remember not wanting to go to that meeting, I wanted to be home with my son, but onward we go and I dropped him off at her house. He spent a few hours with Grandma having popcorn🍿, watching tv 📺, and playing games🎲. I picked him up, I was tired from travel, work, and the meeting and I needed to get a four year old to bed, so I scooted out of there pretty quickly. But, I remember walking up from the basement where they were and looking at the fire in the fireplace, talking to both of them up the stairs, standing by the door. I remember it vividly.
The next morning at work, my husband called me and said, “Mom’s in the hospital, she fell, there is bleeding on the brain and it’s not good.” I thought, what are you talking about, you are not making any sense! She was mailing her Christmas cards and walked out to the mailbox in the morning, slipped and fell, hit her head and ended up in the hospital, she died two days later, she was seventy-two. My son and I were the last people to see her, the last ones to spend time with her. I often kick myself for being in such a rush that evening. I also look back and realize that even though I wasn’t thrilled the board meeting was changed to Monday night, it was in the end a blessing.
There are so many times we think, oh great this is not what I wanted, but we don’t always see the big picture! I have friends that didn’t get the job they thought they wanted, only to end up in a better job! I’ve watched students not get the college of their choice only to thrive in their new school. I had a friend that was not thrilled his parents moved from California to Michigan his senior year, yes that is a tough move, but he met his wife and has two amazing daughters and he now appreciates the move. So, don’t be discouraged when things don’t seemingly go your way, you never know what the reason is or what is waiting for you out there!
Smile. 😃 Be Kind. 💕 Grateful for Today! ✨