The longest year on record

I don’t know about you, but this has been the longest year already-- even before leap day!

January, always my least favorite month, was particularly unpleasant this go around. My dad was diagnosed with cancer, and the next day was hospitalized and underwent emergency surgery as his body was going septic. Since then, there has been a lot of one step forward, two steps back news. Tom and I kept saying how we couldn’t wait for January to finally be over. 

Then February 1st, Tom’s sweet grandmother passed away. It wasn’t necessarily unexpected, and she’d lived a long life, but it was still sad, not to mention a cruel trick to play on a couple run down people just wanting February to be kinder. We drove down to St. George and back in one day to attend her funeral—quite the whirlwind!

But throughout all of this, I’ve been so inspired and touched by the kindness of others. Honestly, if you pray for angels you will find them in the people around you. It’s humbling to see the way friends and neighbors rally around you when you’re feeling defeated. 

I’ve been thinking a lot about the movie Inside Out and, spoiler alert, the realization at the end that sadness exists so people know you need help. I have been trying to be brave and understand that I’m not the only one who has ever been in this situation, but also not disguise the fact that I’m scared, and sad, and overwhelmed at times. And the result is that I’ve been strengthened repeatedly by some very beautiful, kind people. 

While I live in a world where cancer takes too many people too young, I’m also glad I live in the same world where people take care of each other.

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