Thursday, March 26, 2009

Reality Check-A Sick Baby Trumps All

Tonight I pulled up to my driveway and pressed the garage door remote control several times before I realized nothing was going to happen. After getting out and punching the garage door keypad a few times to no avail, I was told by a neighbor that the power was out in our neighborhood.

My initial response was to get heated, then I looked back through my car window and saw my precious 2-year old daughter trying to kick a beach ball IN THE CAR and I just let it go. You see I was bringing my Amber home from a scary 4-day stay at a children's hospital for a serious bout with pneumonia.

She's fine. I'm relieved, thankful and truly blessed. There were some children there who were REALLY sick. Her doctor was treating another child who had what he believed to be a terminal illness.

So I'm appreciative of the time that I've had with my daughter so far and all of the years I pray are coming. This may sound like gushing, but I got calls, texts, emails and visits from well-wishers near and far. The "what can I do to help" offers were plentiful. My entire office made a video to wish Amber welcome home. And I know everybody doesn't have that kind of support. It is not going unnoticed.

Then to top it off, checking my email tonight, I received the most unexpected and thoroughly appreciated compliment from my friend Nicole, who I haven't seen in half a dozen years, but keep in touch with via Facebook and email regularly:

There are few women in the industry that have the ability to walk into any circle and bring sunshine to the conversation: You are one of the few.
There are few people in this world that always offer a kind inclusive smile and are intuitive to ask & really care about how you are doing: Again, you are in the number.
We always talk about getting up (never do) but our cordialness speaks volumes: I like to think queens recognize other queens.
Best of luck in all you do.

God smiled on me today through my daughter being released from the hospital and through Nicole's compliment to me. I love my baby and I love my life. I hope you appreciate whatever is going on in yours. Cause even the tough stuff can be good stuff.

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