on living...

posted on: 8.29.2012

Like you're dying.
And other lessons I seem so perfectly programmed to forget.

Our neighbor passed away recently.  
Really, I might not have ever known except for the small traffic jam on our two lane country highway as family and friends gathered to scatter her ashes in the ocean across from the only place I've ever known her to dwell.  It was a bit surreal the finding out that she had passed.  She was, to me, one of those friendly faces glimpsed quickly during a morning stroll through the neighborhood.  I just kind of thought she'd always be there,  waving her "hellos" from the second house from the corner, ya know?  
And now she's not... there. 
My heart aches for her family.  And while it's not my time of sadness to stand in, and while I'll try not to stay in it longer than just a bit more I think I'll try to remember, at the very least until I forget, that life is a fleeting moment. And I think the next time Sean wants mommy to sit and feed the "peapops" with him, well, I think I just might sit a little longer.



live sweet, 

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I heard this song yesterday and my heart sighed.
Join me, if you please, for a sweet link up with friends.

14 comments:

  1. Life is too short. This post made me cry because it reminded me of a similar situation with my neighbor who died at 45 several months ago unexpectedly. It's such a reality check. Thanks for writing this, helps keep my head on straight and focus on what's really important!!

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    1. IT ends. I always seem to forget when I'm complaining about picking up the umpteenth toy off the floor or the boy's dirty clothes that never quite seem to make it into the hamper... I always seem to forget that it ends. Hugs to you and your Alaka'i.

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  2. Beautiful post Nicole. It's so important that we remember to make the most of each day. I hope you're having an awesome week, thanks for the weekend hop. Ooo and I saw your scarves on facebook, very cute, you're doing a great job! xx

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    1. Michelle,
      I so love seeing ya here and love too that we are on this journey together.

      Thanks for being beautiful you!

      xo,
      Nicole

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  3. it's so easy to forget isn't it? thanks for reminding me to cherish today. :)

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    1. You know Maria, I was told that she had just a spot on her shoulder that she ignored, as is so very east to do, until it started to spread and her spine began to hurt and by then it was too late so at the start of summer she was given a finite amount of time to live, just a few months really... I can't help but ask myself what I would do with a few months if I knew that was all I had to spend. I think I'd... cherish today. =)

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  4. Your sentiments are so true. We must remind ourselves each day to cherish every moment. Sometimes we get so busy with life, we forget to love life. Thanks for the reminder.

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  5. definitely makes us all consider how we use the time we have...

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  6. Tomorrow is never promised, that's why we must NEVER procrastinate and take today for granted!

    takeitlikeamommy.blogspot.com

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  7. Beautiful post! Things like this remind us to treasure each day we have...I had a similar experience the other day when a boy at our local school was hit by a school bus. I didn't know the boy personally, but had seen him around. I can still feel the sadness in the pit of my stomach and it has reminded me to treasure each moment I have with my children.

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  8. Not much happening in the world of Notsosuperscottsihmummy this week, back to being a working (hard) mummy!!! Xxxx

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  9. Hey Nicole, I know how you feel, our neighbour across the street recently lost her husband and daughter all in a matter of a few weeks due to cancer. You feel sad, you want to help them, you want them to know that you care...it's just hard. It definitely makes you appreciate your family even more doesn't it.
    xo
    Char

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  10. Lovely. Thanks for sharing and hosting. I love Death Cab for Cutie too ;)

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