It shows up at the end of a movie. Or even a book. It happens after enjoying a warm cup of coffee. Or delicious sweet treat.
It comes in all shapes and forms.
And then there is the end…
The one people don’t like to talk about. It stirs up emotions stronger than most of us like to ever feel.
It is hard even when it is expected…after a long beautiful life of up’s and down’s, laughter, sadness, joy…
But sometimes I don’t finish that cup of coffee…it sits till it gets cold and I wind up dumping it out and regretting that I didn’t get to finish all of it…that I didn’t allow myself the time to embrace the moment of me and my cup of coffee.
Or even that book that I was so anxious to read…I get distracted and cannot follow all the stuff in between and jump to the end.
I shouldn’t do that.
The “stuff” in between is what creates the end. The building blocks that supports that story.
Or the cup of coffee that sometimes needs to be enjoyed quietly, reflecting on the day ahead and days passed.
Life brings the end too soon all too often.
And sometimes unexpectedly.
We get caught up in the daily grind and forget about all those pages in between. I do it all the time.
My daughter’s teacher died yesterday very unexpectedly.
Our daughter, as well as all of her classmates and school are in absolute shock.
I didn’t know what to say to my child who lay on the floor sobbing. I knew this amazing woman, but only briefly.
She taught agriculture to my child and countless others over her many years as a teacher…
When our daughter came to us last year and said she wanted to take agriculture instead of what she had planned all along to take ( our kids attend a Technical high school where they take regular high school classes along with learning a vocation of their choice), we laughed.
No! Why are you changing at the last minute? You won’t even help weed our gardens or sit outside…is how the conversation kind of went.
She told us of this teacher and how much she enjoyed the way she taught and loved her students.
And ever since the first day of school, my beautiful daughter could not bare to miss the beginning of school when she had this teacher…My daughter, as well as many of her students, were so close with her that they would call and text her…or the teacher would call them if they were sick or out to check in on them. So when the teacher didn’t show up to school yesterday and they all tried to call her and it went to voicemail, they knew something was wrong…so very wrong.
She called them all her “children” and nurtured their souls not only with teaching about how to create life through plants and how to grow beautiful flowers, but through laughter and treats…especially pie.
I believe everything happens for a reason…my daughter was meant to grow to love this teacher and learn from her. This will change our child forever, but she will learn from it and grow.
It is too soon to tell her this…I know that much to be true.
But this woman, it seems to us on the outside looking in, didn’t get a fair shot…didn’t get to finish reading that book or enjoy one more donut with her class, or even sit back and enjoy that last sip of coffee…
Maybe she did…
Maybe she was content with each day she was gifted with her “children” and how they made her laugh and how she got to watch their faces light up in amazement at the beauty of blossoming flowers in Spring can be…