Day 3 – Stop and Smell the Lilies
Today’s post is bitter sweet for me. For the sweet: I have been waiting all season for my daylilies to start blooming. They are so beautiful when they bloom, but each bloom only lasts for one day. Then it’s gone forever. Well, thanks to the incredible amount of rain we have had the past two days, my first daylily bloomed this morning. This particular species is called “American Revolution.” And while I am very happy that my lilies have begun to bloom, when I saw it this morning, I was reminded that tomorrow, this bloom will be gone. So I am enjoying it while it’s here.
This brings me to the bitter part of my post. My friend Amy’s husband Darin, died yesterday of a sudden massive heart attack. He was only about 45 years old. He left behind his wonderful wife and two daughters, Kelly and Jessica, both in their early twenties. I am still in shock about this, and cannot even begin to fathom the grief and sadness and pain that Amy and the girls are going through right now. Seeing this lily this morning, is yet another reminder of just how precious life is. Just like this lily, a person can be here today and gone tomorrow, and you never know when it will happen.
So remember to tell your friends and loved ones how you feel about them. Never take them for granted. Life is way too short for petty stuff…love freely and love much. And don’t forget to take time to smell the roses…or in this case, the lilies. Rest in peace, Darin.