Best Mom Tip #48: Count your blessings

If you read this on a regular basis, you will have noticed that I haven’t written yet this week. I’d like to apologize and offer a reason for my absence. Basically, I haven’t felt like writing about silly things. Right now three families I know are dealing with medical problems that are shaping their everyday lives–it just didn’t feel right talking about my at-home pedicure (which is not NEARLY as long lasting as when I pay for them).

One of the families just found out that the wife’s long battle with cancer is almost over–she’s been given less than 6 months to live. They have two children under the age of 10. A woman I know from college took her son to the doctor last week because he had a headache. This week he is a cancer patient who has undergone brain surgery and is looking at 8 months of chemo and radiation. He is in the 1st grade.

The third family is actually expecting twins, which is wonderful. But the mom has been ordered on bed rest and they have a not-quite-two-year-old to take care of. This woman works full time and quitting her job 3 months early was not part of the plan. I don’t know what that will mean for their finances and, of course, we’re concerned first for the babies. But again, my annoyance at the rate at which my son outgrows his clothes seems irrelevant.

My family is healthy and in this economy we are grateful to have more than we need to live on. It’s enough to make supremely grateful–even if my son’s new favorite sound is “high-pitched screech of a hawk dying.”

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