August 17th, 2011
Things have been busy. Our days have been moving fast. A rush to make it through every task, just so we can get to the next. Dishes taken out of the washer but left stacked on the counter, laundry piles, clothes dropped mid-fold. Counters need wiping, floors need sweeping. Blogs need posting.
But this weekend while away from my girls and Ant, I learned about a family that was enduring a heartbreaking tragedy. A well-loved food blogger, Jennie Perillo, suddenly and tragically lost her husband to a heart attack the Sunday before last. Her online community reached out to catch her as she fell. In response to how they might help, she made a simple request. To make Mikey’s favorite peanut butter pie – one she’d been putting off to make tomorrow after tomorrow.
Tonight I stumbled across the story again, and all over again, my heart broke. My chest grew tight and suddenly I was crying.
These days are moving too fast. Are we filling them with the things most dear to us? I can’t help but assess the things I have been turning my attention to lately. Are they the most important things, or in the end, just trivial?
Last Friday hundreds of friends and strangers honored Mikey and wrapped Jennie and their two daughters in their arms by baking his favorite dessert.
Now I know I am late to the game, but tomorrow I am making a peanut butter pie.
Our schedule is cleared. My girls and I, we’re spending the day together. We’ll go out to the market to buy things for our pie. And as we make it I will be thinking about this life we are so blessed to move through. I will be thinking about the little souls I get to share this life with, and my soulmate with whom I’ve created these angels.
We will sit down and have our peanut butter pie and I will think of Mikey and his girls left at home, how fragile we all are, and how amazing life truly is. I will honor his family, I will honor our family, and I will be grateful.
Here’s a beautiful video that just begins to demonstrate the power of the online community. Such moving support, such love.
I will hug my loved ones tighter, tell them how much I love them an extra time or two.
And also, I love you. Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day with me.