I’ll admit it. My life is chaos! Everyday filled with drama, mess, laundry, to do lists, work. I’m also recovering from surgery so it’s even more nuts. Every where I look is a pile, something out of place, every surface filled with something that doesn’t belong. My floors are a maze of toys and bags, shoes and backpacks.
My life is also filled with moments of joy, love, laughter, comedy, music, smirks, giggles, new adventures. Great meals created in a messy kitchen, a baby girl so pleased and happy with herself she does high jig kicks, a boy coming into his own with his jokes and songs and drama. Daughters busy and trying to keep up with all the tasks of their own lives while giving to the family as well. A worn out husband trying to stay awake until 9 pm. Conversations where we all talk at once, getting louder and louder but still catching most of what everyone says. Politics, TV shows, problems, likes, loves, the days events shared.
These are the moments of my life. Moments I treasure even as I complain about the chaos, the mess, the noise. I would not trade them for one second of peace, quiet & order. I would like some order but never at the expense of our moments.
As I watch my life from afar some days I am reminded of how lucky I am. How fortunate I am to have a family that is close and loves each other unconditionally. How lucky we are to be together and able to share our moments with each other.
Today I am thankful even more so. Members of my family, Missy, Mandy & Cody are walking this weekend in the 2012 Walk to End of Alzheimer’s walk in Pittsburgh PA. They have worked hard to raise awareness and donations. The girls hold the cause close to their hearts as their grandfather has Alzheimer’s and my grandfather did as well. The are saddened by the effects it has on him and their family.
The cruelty of Alzheimer’s is immense & watching a loved one not even know their own children, spouses, loved ones can be heartbreaking. While our loved ones are still with us in body, they are lost to us in a fog of unknowing, memories, moments of our lives forgotten.
Today, please hold your loves ones close, overlook the chaos that may surround you and rejoice in the moments of your lives.