Life, living and then....

Trip Start Oct 18, 2013
Trip End Nov 04, 2013

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Puntarenas,
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Today I learned that one of Dad's favourite students, if not his very favourite, was killed in a float plane accident off the north end of Vancouver Island last Thursday. Coincidentally Norm's 2 wonderful girls attended the same schools as our boys in South Surrey. Poppa used to always look for Norm when he came out our way to see the boys in any events. Norm was only 59. I bumped into Sandy at the grocery store this past summer - she was just coming out of heavy commitments with parents and was starting to get excited about spending more time with Norm.... One wonders why the timing on all this....

Yes, hits harder the older one gets. Life just seems so fast and so short. And there's so much more to learn and enjoy and share!! Norm lived life fully and happily (at least from our perspective) and contributed so much to ensuring our forests were well managed. He left a great legacy and because he was so close to his girls, he will live truly live on in them.  

When a life ends, I always have a need to reflect on the meaning of all this.  Usually, I guess it's from being a Mom, that involves what will be my will I live on in my children.  I could be humourous as is the Heath way...but too sad today and my thoughts move more towards parenting.  I could say more than I do here but want to learn to manage some of my thinking on this subject, easily, gently, but protectively.

Parenthood at this stage of our lives is quite the dance. One wants to share so much, to help our children through pain and suffering, to ease their steps along the way but such sharing sometimes seems wrought with difficulties which always indicates that such wisdom is not needed. As Poppa always said, "once they leave the womb - it begins the separation for children to learn to stand on their own". It just seems so odd to me as a mother because the children of other's of the same age seek me out, request my input and "words of wisdom" - 3 wonderful young women have called it in the past week. I do know though that it is always different when the words come from someone else's mother - just odd.

So time to take a deep breath, appreciate all that life has presented and does present, living every moment to the fullest, because you just never know. Life is so rich,  so vital to live every little second and cherish every moment.  And to take in all with enormous gratitude.

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