Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I have kept cards for forever. I think I had birthday cards from young childhood. I kept them in a couple of boxes in a closet or in the attic. The attic was the first place to catch fire, so those are gone. We did find some interesting cards when sorting (most of which I still haven't done). I also had a bulletin board with wedding cards that were slowly being changed to baby cards. The circle of life is somewhat amazing.

Losing these cards has been really difficult for me, even if the cards just said "Happy Birthday." It was always a reminder of those who cared about me and were a bright spot in some lonelier moments in my college years.

I now have a new card collection. I have been keeping them in a file folder, but it is outgrowing its location. I think I will try to find a box for cards today. If my cards before were a reminder of those who cared about me, these are a reminder of the support of our friends, family, friends of friends and family, and community members who have never met us. For as sad as I am to have lost my cards, these ones are a reminder of something maybe even better. We are a part of a larger community. And without that community, we would be lost, not just in this tragedy but in our lives as a whole. We are all dependent on one another, even the most dependent of us. Thank you for that reminder. And thank you for the cards. One that my friend sent has a little boy with his head on the sidewalk. On the inside it says, "Sometimes it just is what it is." I have to agree.

1 comment:

  1. Brooke! I had no idea this happened. I'm so sorry. Let me know if there's anything I can do. Good luck with the birth. I will be thinking happy thoughts for you guys!