Thursday Open Thread

May 22, 2014

Thanks for your well wishes, friends. The funeral Mass will be held this morning. It was rescheduled from yesterday to allow Eric’s grandmother time to travel here from Mexico.

Eric was my cousin by marriage, but mine is an extremely tight-knit family. Every major milestone and minor celebration, he was there, an ever-smiling presence. He was young and his death was a horrible, unthinkable accident, and we’re all left reeling.

His parents weren’t prepared for the expense of a funeral so I’ve been doing my best to donate money and round up help and support. There will also be a kermes, a sort of charity fair where people donate food and cook dishes and invite the community to come purchase it, with proceeds going to the family. My dad’s hometown in Mexico has deep roots, and always rallies around those in need. It’s humbling and beautiful to witness and be a small part of it.

It shouldn’t take this kind of reminder but I’ve been hugging my loved ones a little bit tighter, and stopping to give thanks for the big and little things alike.

So on this Thursday, let’s talk about what we’re thankful for. I’m thankful for another day; for laughing and cheering yesterday when 4-year-old DS learned to spell our challenging last name; for reading a great book with DD at bedtime; for dreaming and plotting the future with DH. Life is a bittersweet ride, and I’m doing my best to relish each moment, because we all know there are no guarantees.

What are you thankful for? What else is on your mind? Chat away!