Just Write 152

September 9, 2014

I walked home in the dark, along the sidewalk, past the pond and in the stillness. It was such a beautiful night for a head-clearing walk. Sweatshirt weather. This small town quiet is a good match for sweatshirt weather. Only one car passed by, the whole time I walked, and people had their windows open to their settled-in houses. I could feel the breeze in their rooms, like we were sharing something.

My phone rang as I rounded the corner to home. A friend calling to break bad news, to ask for prayers for a family. Just like that, the father and husband was gone. In his sleep. Just like that, a man around my age, gone. No breathing, no heartbeat, as if he were only a breath himself.

You just never know, she said.

Yes, I’m so sorry.

And you don’t. You don’t know. I don’t know. There are far too many things to not know and so we live. We walk in the dark and we hold hands with our children, our loves. We must take risks and let go. We have to fight to surrender. We have to kick fear in the guts. We can drift off to never and we think it would never happen to us, but we’re all just the same.

So I try to remember, this is one wild and precious life, and it’s going to be okay, and this moment right here is just exactly where I need to be, no matter how it feels to me, or how little I know.

Breathe deep the crisp night air and leap. If you must, do it for those who have drifted away to never and everywhere at once. Those that I trust to meet again in the Ever, do it for them.


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Stephanie Precourt September 9, 2014 at 9:10 am

We never know so we better live right now, it could be all we’ve got. xoxo

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Kimberly September 9, 2014 at 11:33 am

That is so heartbreaking. I am so sorry.
It’s sad that it takes something so tragic for us to realize that life is precious and that we should enjoy it and be a part of it in the moments.
My prayers go out to this family.
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Living the Dream September 10, 2014 at 9:15 am

I’m sorry for your loss.

Yes, so true, living in the moment is precious. Another beautiful piece of writing.
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Heather Forrest September 16, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Thank you for this Heather. Some of the many thoughts that have been swirling around in my head. Always take the opportunity to tell the ones you love how much you love them.

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