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Wednesday, April 28, 2010


One of the things that Ana's therapy-related books talks about is the idea that humans are "relational beings". It is because of our relationships with other humans that our brains develop in certain ways and that our immune systems are strengthened.

This is one of the reasons Ana struggles - because for the first year of her life - until we got to her - she didn't have these relationships. She didn't have these emotional connections.

Today I felt just how true that concept is. A great morning turned into a stressful afternoon - filled with doctors, x-rays, blood tests, and the diagnosis of bronchial pneumonia for Chickie. Because Scott is out of town on a work trip, I then had to schlep my sick baby to the pharmacy and entertain her until the medicine was ready.

By the time I got home, I was dragging. That is until I saw my doorstep. Roses - big and small, pink and perfect. From dear friends in Pittsburgh. In an instant my load was lightened. My friends were suddenly there carrying it with me.

One of the greatest pleasures of being human is our relationships with other people. Thank you, dear Jenny, Grace, Bethany, and Angela. Thank you also to those of you who have called - although there are many I haven't been able to get back to yet. Thank you also to those who have emailed, texted, or sent a thought or prayer my way.

You have all made my load lighter to carry and I am truly grateful for that.

1 comment:

Crazy Cathcart said...

Hope the chickie feels better soon!! Hugs to you!!!

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