This afternoon I was talking with a former co-worker of mine (I trained Mindy to take my place when I left in 1991, and she trained me to take it back when I returned in 2002) and I was telling her about our upcoming Europe trip. I mentioned that I think of her mom and dad a lot when I talk about the trip and about how important it is to me to travel before my mobility is compromised by MS. Not because either of them had MS, but because their story illustrates just how important it is to live every single day as if it could be your last.
Mindy’s mom, Sheryl, also worked here at my office. Sheryl was definitely one of those “seize the day” kinds of people. Even as she approached retirement, she would still get up early in the morning to go water-skiing on a local lake before coming to work at 9 am. (I feel like a productivity wizard if I find the strength and energy to pack a lunch before work!) She and her husband Darrel kept in great shape – eating right, exercising, swimming, water-skiing, and bike riding.
And on one of their 50-mile bike rides, on Memorial Day almost six years ago, at 11:45 in the morning, wearing helmets and bright yellow vests, Sheryl and Darrel were hit by a car that drifted off the road – for no apparent reason, and no charges were filed – and both of them were killed. Just like that. At 61 and 65, ready to enjoy the retirement they’d spent their whole lives looking forward to, through no fault of their own.
You just never know. None of us is guaranteed a single day on this earth, so we have to make the most of what we have, use our time well, fulfill what dreams we can, and spend time with the people we care about. I think that’s what impressed me the most about Susan/WhyMommy’s story. Through all her pain, she has made time for the people and activities and causes that matter to her.
- I’m grateful! to Powell’s, for buying 73 of my books, and to David for being there to pack up the 5.5 boxes they rejected. When I sell books to Powell’s, it’s usually like the loaves and fishes: I can go in there with 3 boxes of books, sell them half a box, and still have more than 3 boxes to cart home.
- I’m lighter! Powell’s gives you much more money in trade than in cash… but I took the cash. No point in buying more books right now!