The Ins and Outs of an Ordinary Life

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A Prayer for Laurie

On Friday night we had a bookclub meeting. Laurie was a little late and she seemed a bit frazzled when she arrived. We asked her if she was OK and she proceeded to tell us that no, she is not okay. She has a benign brain tumor and is scheduled for neurosurgery on Wednesday morning. Her only symptom is a slight tremor in her left hand. She and her husband were "brought to their knees" after meeting with the surgeon, but have quickly gotten back up in order to deal with reality and all that needs to be done in a short amount of time. Although the doctor is optimistic, she understands the risks. She knows that the best outcome is that her life as she knows it is put on hold for 2 months; the worst is that she never wakes up. One of the remaining tasks for her is writing letters to her 2 sons, 19 and 16 years old, in case she doesn't wake up. We know she is in good hands and that in all likelihood, she will be fine. But I have thought of her often over the last few days, trying to picture her sitting down to write letters to her children because she might die on Wednesday. When we each went our own way on Friday evening, we all had our own thoughts but I am sure we all began we the same basic premise-- you never know, whether it's you or someone you love dearly. So make sure you cherish those people and the time you are together. Tell them how much you love them. And find beauty in everyday that you spend with them. I know Laurie lives her life this way. My prayer is that Laurie's lovelight will shine bright for many more years.

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