I was in the middle of complaining about not being able to fit into my dress when I found out that my friend had just lost her son. You can imagine how trivial it seems now. How silly it was to be so upset about something minor when there are people in this world experiencing a pain that great. A pain no parent should ever have to experience.
Later that evening we went to a birthday party. And it was absolutely gut-wrenching. While one of my friends was celebrating her daughter's birthday, another was mourning the loss of her child. I can't even imagine. I don't want to imagine. I no longer know how to exist in a world without my daughter. And that is terrifying.
I'm not sure what the takeaway from this post is. Other than to hold your babies a little bit closer today. Because somewhere in this world there is a mother who would do anything for just one more chance to hold her child in her arms. They may drive you crazy. They may do the opposite of everything you tell them. But no day is promised--for anyone. Not even our little ones.
And if you could, just say a kind prayer for my friend and her family. They are truly living through every parents worst nightmare.