I've been meaning to share this story and haven't had a chance. But what better time than this weekend. This weekend marks eight years since my sweet brother, Greg, gained his wings.
Several weeks ago, a man and his daughter entered our store. I was working alone, busy stocking items. I greeted them both and asked the gentleman if he would like for me to move anything out of the way to make it easier to get his daughter's wheel chair around the store. He replied, "We're good." Then he pushed her wheel chair to my register, where he parked her for a few minutes while he shopped. So many things about the young girl reminded me so much of my brother. From her beautiful glossy eyes, her frail little body, to her huge heart warming smile. I started to talk to the young girl and quickly realized she could hear but not speak. I continued to talk with her, (about nothing in particular or important) as she responded to each comment with a grunt and a smile. I know it sounds crazy but I felt so touched by our conversation. It was like my heart was full of joy and sadness all at one time. Once her father returned to the register to pay, I asked if I could give his daughter a gift. He smiled with surprise and said, "Sure." I had stamped a few metal bracelets with the phrase "Cherish Every Moment" and attached an angel wing charm to it. I made them in memory of Greg, since that is how Cherish Every Moment received its name. It was from the bracelet I gave him before he passed. I gave the Father the bracelet and he immediately put it on her frail wrist. She looked at me with the most beautiful smile and big eyes. Again my heart felt full and broken all at one time. My throat felt as if it was closing and my eyes started to water. As they left our store, I quickly turned away and the tears started to flow.
The gentleman and his young daughter were so grateful. But they have no idea, that I am the one who is grateful. For a short moment I felt so close to my brother again. I was reminded of the time with him. I was reminded how and why our business started. I was reminded how lucky we are and short life can be. In a split second, I was reminded to "Cherish Every Moment".
I have thought of the young girl and her father many times over the last few weeks. Each time, I smile. I was so lucky to have met them and to have been reminded of every thing important.
Please take a moment to remember what is important to you. What would actually matter if someone you loved was gone? Would all of the things we stress about daily really matter as much? They probably wouldn't. Please take the time to "Cherish Every Moment". One day you will be so glad that you did.