Christmas Conundrum

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Smelly CatWe've had a lovely 2 days, surrounded with family around tables piled with hearty food, laughter, good news and good conversation, with the kids receiving thoughtful gifts and ripping them open on Christmas morning before breakfast. We've enjoyed cool, cloudy weather all day today. It's pretty much perfect.

So how should one respond to a young couple who became parents for all of a handful of hours--before their newborn died from a birth defect that they had raised money to try to operate on?

Or to a friend who has just been told that his grandmother has been diagnosed with terminal cancer?

What about a mother and daughter who spend weeks in hospital while the child undergoes chemotherapy?

It almost feels wrong to be enjoying 'normal' things like lounging about on the sofa, while others are enduring such pain and anguish.

Just saying.

2 Comments

#1Gravatar imageAmy says:

I cried when I read your post Michelle, because my grandmother was in the hospital for Christmas (in and out this month), and she passed away this morning. My wedding is three weeks away and for her final send off, she’s wearing the bright blue kebaya that I’ve picked out for her to wear on my wedding when we went shopping together. It all happened so suddenly, and my heart hurts so much.

I don’t think it’s wrong to enjoy the small things – they’re the most important things of all. Love to you and your family!

#2Gravatar imageMichelle says:

Oh Amy, I’m so sorry to hear this. 🙁 But I’m positive that your grandmother treasured the time that you both spent together, picking out her dress etc–and that she was happy because of it. Hope you’ll find the strength in your heart to experience your grief fully, completely… And then let it go. Your grandma would have liked you to be radiant on your wedding day.

Lots of love and big hugs from all of us too.

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