Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lucky

Some days I do my blogrounds to check out my blogworld and I feel elated. Blogfriends having babies! People having fun in winter snow! Lots of reasons to celebrate!

Then some days I do my blogrounds and it hits me that the blogworld is just like the real world. There is tragedy and sadness. HFCS contains mercury. A young twin has cancer. Identical twin baby girls have a terminal genetic disease.

While the last few years have been difficult with the preemie thing, the reflux, the torticollis-plagiocephaly-helmet, the ear infections and tubes, the endless day care colds and illnesses, all the speech worries, and my own hearing starting to go, we have been so lucky. So very lucky.

8 comments:

Goddess in Progress said...

It's amazing, isn't it? Every now and then something takes you by the shoulders and makes you realize just how good you've got it. Thanking my lucky stars...

Beth said...

Amen! Thanks for reminding me of this. It's too easy to get bogged down in your own bubble sometimes.

Joanna said...

I'll be honest, I stay away from most stuff involving the really terrible things that happen to children. It just upsets me too much as I start to think of how any parent can handle such things.

As far as the mercury in the HFCS, I'd really like to see the actual study that was done. I tend to be leery of research that has not been per reviewed. I'm also leery of statements from organized groups that are protecting any given industry. We really limit the HFCS and regular sugar in our diets, but our super fussy child still manages to get way more of it than I would like.

Becky said...

I hear ya!

Eva said...

Here, here.

The Adventures of Carrie, Brook, Finn and Reid said...

I have been thinking about this all day, Laura. As I sit in my Juneau hotel room after a day of legislative appointments to advocate for people with disabilities and the state's infant learning program. You would not believe how many people have asked me today if I have kids with a disability. It's hard sometimes to say, "No. No, I don't. We are very lucky".

-Bridget said...

You've got it absolutely right, Laura. I read about families in my blogworld and I cry and cheer for them just like they've lived next door to me and I've known them all of my life. It's amazing how technology can bring so many different and geographically dispersed people together. It's amazing how much we feel their joy and feel their pain. I'm glad your family is one that I've been fortunate enough to include in that blogworld.

Threeundertwo said...

I'm sure you've heard that little Tuesday lost that fight with cancer. When I found out yesterday I just sat at my computer and cried.

Blogging has given me a perspective on my blessings like nothing else in the world. I just wish there were more things I could do for the moms in pain than just leave a comment.