About 10 years ago I had a huge eye opening experience. My grandmother, who I loved dearly, had been taken to the hospital. My brother called to let me know and I mistakenly heard him say she had just died. I rushed with my husband and infant daughter to the hospital. All the time I was thinking about how I had not spent enough time with her lately and how I had been short with her, etc. When we arrived at the hospital I realized I had misunderstood. My brother said she "almost died". I knew at that moment that God had given me a second chance-more time with my dear Granny to truly appreciate her. I spent the next 3 years of her life visiting with her, loving her and sharing my daughters with her. When she passed away, I was there with her. I didn't regret a moment.
About a year ago we befriended a new family in our neighborhood. They're a wonderful group of 5 children who are truly dears! The year has flown by with playdates, nature studies, slumber parties and tea parties. It has been a wonderful year. I never knew 2 families could mesh in the way ours have. They told us about a month ago they needed to move back home temporarily to take care of some improvements on their previous home which is up for sale. I was surprised, rather shocked, that I took this news so hard. I was utterly depressed. My girls felt the same way. Well, week after week has gone by and there's always a reason why this family can't get moved back. Something keeps happening to prevent the move back to Georgia. I have to admit that we are thrilled every time we go by their house and see their car there.
Just today we met at the park for a picnic. The children had a fabulous time! They shared food, ran and played together. What a sweet time they had together making memories. Tonight as I reflected on the day the memories of my Granny came back. I know once again God has given me a gift of time. More precious time to spend with our friends. What a great God He is to give us little gifts, even when we probably don't deserve them.