On being grateful…

photo_013700_dit3760531_1_photo1_cropped_20151117We lost a family member, the stepdaughter of my sister-in-law. The deceased was a vivacious, fun-loving woman who was battling cancer when a stroke got her. She was just 52 and left a grieving husband, a son, and enough friends and family to form a long, long line last night at the funeral home.

It may seem strange to write about being grateful after attending a wake, but the room was loud and the conversations were punctuated by “Jill would have loved this.” In fact, she would have been out in the parking lot having a cocktail, most likely, being the life of the party. As I looked around the room, I thought how awesome that she had gathered so many people to her — a woman she met at the nail salon, her golfing buddies, all of them. I was grateful to see all those people celebrating this hell of a woman. I was grateful to have known her, even for a little while.

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    1. Thank you. She was a heller. And she was a heller in no small part because she had a wonderful stepmother.

    1. Jac, that was a nice piece. It’s easy to forget that happiness and contentment don’t just happen to you. You have to work at it and one of the payoffs is resilience and perspective when you need it most. Like when you lose someone.

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