You know the old saying, "The Lord giveth, and He taketh away"? That was never more obvious to me than this past weekend. Saturday morning my BFF passed word that her sister had a massive heart attack and they weren't sure she was going to make it. She's only 42 and her cardiologist said her heart is the worst he's ever seen. She surprised doctors by improving some over the weekend, but then took a turn for the worse when she went into cardiac arrest last night while in the process of being transported to another hospital. She needs surgery in order to save her life and buy her more time to wait for a heart transplant. Unfortunately the hospital she's at doesn't perform that surgery.
BFF has been my dearest friend for more than twenty-five years and her family is like my family. I know them and grew up with them and love them and hate, hate, hate the fact that they are going through this.
On the flip side, Saturday evening our family attended a fiftieth anniversary/vow renewal ceremony for hubby's uncle and aunt. Fifty years. Wow. It was such a joyful, humorous, touching occasion. This couple is near & dear to our hearts (he is brother to hubby's mom who passed away last year). They are sweet and loving and fun to be around, and even though we spent seven hours in the car for a three hour celebration, it meant a lot to us to be included.
It really struck me on the way home, though, how life really is full of ups & downs. On one hand we had a couple who have been together, raised a family and stayed in love for more than half a century, and on the other hand someone who hasn't even been alive that long is fighting for her life.
At the risk of sounding cliche, live every day to the fullest. We all hope to be the ones celebrating more than fifty years of anything, but we could all very easily be the ones trying not to die too soon.