I didn’t forget to write my post today. I was ready to write last night, I’d returned from a weekend in DFW, spending time with my family. I’d unpacked, petted the cats and was checking up on blogs, Facebook, Twitter and email. When I scrolled through the Facebook feed I found something that really threw me for a loop and immediately I didn’t feel like writing any longer. A former coworker of mine in Florida had posted that the wife of my former boss had passed away. She’d been battling cancer for several years, had other health issues and finally gave up the fight over the weekend. It struck me because I’d only emailed my boss a few weeks ago and while her health wasn’t good it didn’t seem as if the end was so close.
Last night on my way home I decided to put off checking on the garden and opted for doing it this morning, only I missed the alarm and didn’t end up out there. Instead I went during lunch time, sweating in my jeans as I watered the plants and made a mental note of everything I needed to do tonight. I returned back to work and not long after one of the admin assistants/accountants called me to tell me that one of the contract field biologists that I knew in passing, only having had a few conversations with him, had died while running a half marathon this weekend while on break from a project down here in Texas. Chris, my husband, knew him more than I did having worked on the project here in Texas with him as well as a project in Pennsylvania.
It was just too much, two deaths, two pets at my parent’s house that aren’t doing well, two grandparents that are also not so healthy….ack.
So, as much as writing about the prolific abundance of eggplant and making baba ghanoush for the family over the weekend sounded tempting, it also sounded superficial and silly too.
Enjoy your life to the fullest whether you are gardening or running.
I’m going to dig in the garden this evening: mow, weed, plant some seeds and clean up the sunflowers that were beaten down by thunderstorms last week.
Hug your family tonight.