Saturday, May 24, 2014

Six Years

I spent a lot of last night in the Emergency Room.

As a hospital chaplain.

There were many Level II traumas, sometimes two at a time, and the staff was hopping.

Around 3:45 as I was dragging myself towards the elevator, hoping to get a few hours of sleep, it dawned on me: It was the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend. And I was in the Emergency Room. Again.

Six years ago, on the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, I was in the Emergency Room, too. This time as a worried wife of a man experiencing a heart attack.

So I turned away from the elevator and went back to the triage area. I told them of my realization. And I thanked them for saving my husband's life.

A blog friend is celebrating her wedding anniversary today. That made me think that Joe and I are also celebrating an anniversary. We've had a wonderful married life of 47 years. But these last six have been something special. We had a reminder that nothing lasts for ever, not even us. And we spend more time together, go out separately less, and thoroughly enjoy the quiet times with each other.

I know that this weekend we are remembering those we lost, and that is as it should be. But it's also okay to remember one we didn't lose. And be thankful to those who made that true.


8 comments:

LizA. said...

Amen!

Barbara Anne said...

No doubt you made the day for those triage folks you thanked. I worked ER for 5 years long ago in Memphis and we so seldom learned how the patients we saved did after their hospital recovery time. Bless your heart for taking the time to do that.

Cheers for these blessed 6 extra years together for you and Joe, too! How sweet it is!! May there be many, many more ...

Hugs!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Happy anniversary ... And many more!

Taking time to go back and say thank you? Priceless!

AnnieO said...

Happy Anniversary! And many more....

Janet O. said...

Sound like six years well spent since your awakening to the ephemeral nature of life.

Mary said...

Beautifully said.

Tanya said...

Wonderful thoughts. Yes, we should be remembering the ones we haven't lost too. Has it already been 6 years! I remember your post at that time. Thank you for all the good that you do!

Ms. Jan said...

How beautiful. Happy Anniversary--on both counts!