Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Keeping Things In Perspective
Early Saturday morning I got a phone call from my hubby telling me his car had died. I went to rescue him and towed his car to our mechanic's shop. It sat there until Jake had a chance to look at it today. The verdict...the engine is dead and needs to be replaced at the cost of $2,300-$2,500. OUCH! I looked up the Blue Book value on the car and it is not worth replacing the engine. We will sell the tires and wheels and scrap the rest. My hubby is upset but I pointed out that the car had served us well for many years and if it was going to break down, doing so when we were close to our mechanic's shop and not while we were far away from home on a trip was actually a huge blessing. We still have my car and since I do not work outside the home, we can share that one. He went back to bed to get more sleep and I called and cancelled the insurance on that car, effective the day it died. I stayed very calm and was able to put this into perspective.
Last week, one of my friends got some horrible news that her daughter had been in a serious auto accident and was fighting for her life. Despite all the prayers and the heroic efforts of the EMTs and the doctors and nurses at the hospital, Breanna lost her battle for life. :( My friend Edwina is now left with the the task that no parent should ever have to face, preparing for her daughter's funeral and trying to go on with her own life without her precious girl in it. My heart breaks for my friend and her other children and the rest of her family. Edwina has a very strong support system around her and I know that she will get through this in her own time and in her own way, but that loss will always be there and the questions of "what if" will come to mind for the rest of my friend's life.
My husband and I had a car break down while my friend lost her daughter. There is no comparison. We can replace a vehicle, but my friend will never get to hold her daughter, watch her get married and have children and enjoy her company ever again. This was a horrible reminder of what is really important in life and how we all need to keep things in perspective. Be blessed and go hug those you love tight...you never know when it will be the last time you will ever have that chance.