I know, I know...I really should change my blog title to 'Once in a Blue Moon Moo' at the rate I'm going! But really, it just makes each post all the more special...thank you to those of you who still read my blog and still make an effort to comment. I really appreciate you reaching out to say hello and connect.
Today marks 8 years since hubby and I made it official that we would live our lives together. Usually our anniversary isn't marked by anything special or remarkable except an anniversary dinner. Heck, I don't even know what element is for the 8th year anniversary. But today is different...for a few reasons. I hugged hubby this morning and marvelled at how we've been married for 8 years and been through 2 kids, 2 furkids and 2 houses. We've been on a journey and we're most thankful that so far, things have been pretty good for us. Our kids are healthy, we have a roof over our heads and food on the table, and we have each other. Truly, that is all that should matter at the end of the day.
Secondly, this day a year ago, one of our friends very nearly became roadkill. We are thankful that she is still with us and kicking along (or maybe I should say, cycling along).
Thirdly, I made a new friend today in a world that is quite new to me. I have embarked on a hobby in the sewing world and am glad to have met in real life someone outside my circle of friends who also does this. It's the little things that make me happy. And she has the cutest bub to boot!
And lastly, someone in the family turns 21 today. I'm glad that this special person has come through a rather emotional breakup and is now back on her feet and blossoming into true adulthood. Time heals all wounds...eventually.
Some of you may think that these are mundane things in a world where war and famine and bigger issues rage. You may be right. But I'm learning to be more thankful of the little things and over what I can control. This past week, I've received news of death and horribleness that have made me realise that I'm so blessed. It started with news of a family friend who had passed away - she was like a grand aunt to me. She would cook for me whenever I came back to KL - I miss her yummy food, her generous smile and her quick wit. Then came news of a friend's family who had been in a car accident - his wife didn't make it. She was such a sweet, kind person - I still tear up when I think of her leaving her husband and her young family behind. You will be missed LL, by more people that you would imagine. And lastly, a friend was involved in an accident recently. Because all things usually come in threes, I was afraid to get more news of death but thankfully she and her unborn child are fine. I can't wait to meet the little one...you're already loved little bun.
It's taken awhile to realise that life truly is short and as cliche as it sounds, you only live once. Sometimes you think "It will never happen to me" or "I'm still young". And then something unexpected happens and you realise that there really isn't much time left and that there is still so much unfinished business to do.
So to my friends, friends from long ago and friends who are still spanking new...thank you for your friendship. I know I haven't been in touch as often as I would like or been around much. But I think of you all and keep you close in my heart. I hope you're all as well as can be in whatever circumstance you may be in. May the days be kind to you and the years fulfilling. Because it is passing quicker with each year and soon, we may all reach a point where the only way is downhill. And when we get there, hopefully the ride down is quick, exhilarating and eventful. And at that point, may the unfinished business be done and dusted and may we all have made peace with ourselves.
Until I see you again dear friends, live long and prosper (yes, I watched Star Trek over the weekend). And cherish what you have today..because suddenly, you'll blink. And then it'll be gone before you know it.
That's me for now. Now, I'm going to go take my own advice and hug my little munchkin and bask in his gummy smile. For it won't be long before he's 21 too...