This blog isn’t really intended to be much more than a place to capture my design interests but every once in a while, I’m touched by something that compels me to write something a bit more personal. This week is one of those times. My dear friend, Christiana (about whom I’ve written many times because she is a design goddess on so many levels), has lost her precious 19-year-old nephew this past week to a tragic and senseless accident.
I’ve been very busy and have had a lot of things weighing on my mind and this has been like someone shaking me on the shoulders saying “snap out of it”. I can’t help but think of my own nieces and nephews and how shattered into little pieces I would be if anything happened to any of them. And I also think about my own little one and how I try so hard to protect her from scraping her knee or bumping her head. I look around my house every day and see all the hazards that it presents — in spite of the fact that it’s baby-proofed. I worry every day about how she might get hurt and whether she’s getting everything she needs, or developing the way she should…I’m sure that’s a feeling that never goes away and maybe it doesn’t even lessen over time. Is it possible it even becomes more intense? I don’t know but I do know that a parent should never have to suffer through the loss of a child and my heart is broken for the Shoop family. So, hold your babies tight – no matter what age they are. I’m going to try to remind myself to enjoy each day and not get bogged down by my thoughts or worries (not an easy thing for someone of my nature to do!). But life is precious and we really do need to enjoy it each and every day.