It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made from what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend...
Today I am so clearly aware of the handprints on my heart placed lovingly and gently by each mother, father, child, and volunteer who have been a part of a Little Pink retreat and that I now consider part of my family.
Three of our beautiful moms have been struggling with the final part of their journey over the past three weeks in hospice care. One of our moms died late tonight. She had a spark, a smile, a laugh that was infectious. She has an amazing 9 year old son full of life, a husband that adores her. Tonight my heart wraps around them, holding them tight.
I spent the afternoon with another Little Pink friend, beautiful M. Her hand so soft, her heart so loving, her body so tired. Before she ever came on her retreat with her wonderful husband, we spoke of the idea of healing and we both agreed that healing was not about just fighting the rogue cells in our bodies, healing is about finding completeness in our lives. Finding a completeness in every part of your life- your faith, your family, your purpose, your friends, your spirit. She has lived beautifully and completely. Tonight my heart wraps around her husband to help support him as he loves her through it.
And our dearest A.M. continues to show her strength as she holds on to the ones that she loves. She has an amazing spirit and a husband who adores her each and every day with an excitement like they are still newlyweds. Tonight, my heart wraps around them both as the manage to find peace and comfort.
But all three of these women came into my life with purpose and meaning. I have been changed forever by being their friend. There is a richness that they have brought to my life that is inexplicable. That all of our families have brought to my life. And so tonight, my arms wrap around my husband and my son and the memories that we have as a family of these beautiful mothers, husbands, and children. For tonight, we are truly blessed for being able to call them part of our family.