When I found out on Labor Day that my Aunt Carolyn only had
a few hours to live, at first I wasn’t sure what to think or how to process that
A mixture of sadness, confusion and hurt settled in my
stomach. How could it be that just a few weeks ago I was at my cousin’s birthday
cookout joking around with her and now she was gone?
While it still hasn’t registered all the way, I have had
some more time to think about and realize that all of us have to deal with
losses like this in life.
Farmers know this more than anybody, especially those with
livestock. They deal with losing animals on a regular basis and see the cycle of
life up close and personal. Kind of like how a doctor or nurse might see it,
only with animals.
I grew up raising my goats on a friend’s farm. Her mother
ran the sheep barn by herself. She dealt with losses every month and handled
them so well.
I always hoped I’d be able to see life the way a farmer sees
life. The growth, the nurturing, the harvest. All cycles that must come to pass
in good times and hard times.
It’s so important to treasure every single day we’re given.
Not to live in fear or paranoia, but to live big and make the most of the hand
When I think about how fleeting life is, how time is not
guaranteed, it makes me even more thankful for the family, friends and loved
ones that surround me today.
Memories of my aunt always will stay close to my heart. When
I was little, after church she would play with me and a toy frog that I carried
with me everywhere. She had this full, heartwarming laugh and a sassy side that
always put a smile on my face.
She always was involved with the wedding planning process,
wanting to know how everything was going and always asking to help out. She was
even going to be in charge of manning the dessert table at the wedding.
Even though she can’t be there, I know she is with me in
Experiences like this help me realize that family is a
priority in life. No matter how much work there is to do, there always is time
to be with loved ones.