This weekend I took an impromptu trip to Florida. It was amazing. Besides the warmth and some much needed vitamin D, I was also served up some valuable family time and a powerful reminder.
A few weeks ago my grandmother fell ill and went to the hospital where none of the doctors could figure out what was wrong with her. She grew sicker and more uncomfortable, and my parents planned a visit to go see her. While I absolutely wanted to go and see my grandmother, the tickets were expensive and the timing inconvenient. I considered skipping the trip, but I just couldn’t stand the thought of this turning into a situation where I gave up a chance to see her and visit with her, only to potentially make the trip to Florida a week or so later for a funeral. So I booked the tickets and made my excuses at work.
By the time I arrived in sunny Florida, my grandmother was feeling much better and was released from the hospital, resulting in a fabulous visit and some very heartfelt thankfulness for health and safety from my entire family. We have high hopes that this will be an isolated incident, and have no long term effect on my grandmother’s overall health.
I’ve decided to take this experience as a broader lesson about investing in spending meaningful time with the people you care about. It will most likely come at an inconvenient time, or require some sort of personal sacrifice, but for me, having happy memories of time spent together will be forever worth whatever small inconvenience I suffered.
I wish you all the opportunity to spend time with people you love. Thank you so much for reading and for all of your support!
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Bottoms: DL 1961 Amanda Skinny
Shoes: Lauren Ralph Lauren (old, similar here)
Accessories: Bauble Bar (old), Banana Republic bracelet (sold out, similar), J. Crew Factory bracelet, Banana Republic necklace