Sunday, May 8, 2011

Day 126: May 6, 2011

Today was emotionally draining, to say the least. I was prepared for the draining, but it didn't make it any easier. Memorial services are coined as a time to celebrate life, and I get that, but a lot of times I feel like we're celebrating too soon. This particular life was celebrated way too soon.

I take care of a lot of babies.  I meet a lot of families. This family is extraordinary.

I have known for a long time that I was thankful for having met them, but I have struggled with how to capture their "essence" in words. To see this Mother/baby combo in action, was to witness love at its finest, in its purest form, raw and unadorned. I remember thinking the first time I took care of them, that I have never seen a parent so outwardly enamored with their baby.

Today I am thankful to have witnessed an amazing family.

They impressed me constantly through the eight month journey with their spirits, their expressive love, and their strength. I am thankful that I was able to be a part of their life and that they shared their sweet baby girl with me for a while.

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory
and beauty belong to our world
But then it flies again
And though we wish it could have stayed...
We feel lucky to have seen it.


  1. This made me cry. Your job is so hard - I admire you even more after having read this. You are lucky to have been a part of such an amazing, albeit short, journey.

  2. Aw Em, I'm sorry for the sadness, but happy that you experienced the love of great people. I'm sure no matter how many times you witness it, it never gets easier. I think people in the medical field get to experience a lot of crazy highs and lows. How extraordinarily sad when a battle is lost, but how amazing each time you're able to set someone on their feet again. Either way - what you do is pretty incredible. :)


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