I’m thankful to have found this card among Meredith’s things the other day. Purim was a holiday that Meredith absolutely loved.
This past week was full of ups and downs, which I’ll be writing about in the coming weeks. It included finishing saying kaddish — the mourner’s prayer for Meredith — as we hit the 11 month marker after her passing; attending the unveiling of a headstone for a close friend’s parent; finding out Mer’s headstone is ready; celebrating Purim and more. Above all, I am thankful for Mom, Estee, my kids, and our friends and family for supporting us in this journey.
We hope everyone had a happy Purim, and we wish you a meaningful and restful Shabbos.
Yesterday, close friends – the Butler family from Pittsburgh – commemorated the 15th anniversary of the passing of their son, Mikey. Mikey had CF, and not unlike Mer underwent a lung transplant. Mikey endured complication after complication with a smile, and lived his life with the Butler family motto: “Day by glorious day.”
If you’ve followed this blog, you’ve probably heard a time or three what the Butler family did for Meredith and us, (and pretty much what they do for everybody in need. I have it on good authority that they are actively seeking out new life, and new civilizations in the cosmos because the existence of extraterrestrial life would mean that there are more beings in this universe that they can help.
On this Thankful Thursday, I regret that I didn’t have the opportunity to meet Mikey, but am so thankful that his example – and his family’s example – inspired me through Mer’s medical travails and beyond, and reminds me to be thankful not only of each day that I was able to spend with Meredith, but each day that Meredith’s memory still shapes and affects my life.
With that, lets turn to thankful Thursday:
- Thankful for meeting up with a longtime – who I have no seen in more than four years.
- I am thankful for my super-duper D-I-L and son and the times we have together.
- For my awesome plumber husband
- For Dolphins
- Thankful that in a week finals will be over
- for being signed up for the 30/30 class at Avid Fitness
- For kinetic sand
- for being able to wear pajamas to school today (“Paroah in pajamas in the middle of the night!”)