After living through that terrifying life and death experience with Addison last year, we know too well the fragility of our mere existence. Does anyone else marvel at the fact we are alive? But that doesn’t make it any easier when we are faced with death. This past week has been tough.
Our fantastic temporary nanny whom Addison adores had to unexpectedly leave us last Thursday for an emergency trip back home. She is from Johnsons Landing. Yes, that Johnsons Landing, site of a horrific landslide which destroyed three homes and killed four people. One of those victims was our nanny’s best friend from childhood. The home where she grew up is gone. Her mom narrowly escaped the path of the landslide, running out of the way as it came thundering down the slope. I was supposed to go and cover the story. When I heard the terrible news from our nanny, I couldn’t go. It was way too close to home.
Then less than 24 hours after that heartbreaking news, I got a call from beautiful little Maya’s mom Lisa. After 12 weeks in the ICU at BC Children’s Hospital waiting for a heart, Maya’s fight ended. She passed away early Friday morning, cradled in her parents’ arms, surrounded by their love. I feel so honoured to have met Maya, even if it was for just a few brief moments. She was a brave soul who had so much spirit and spunk. Maya was eight months old.
Please take a moment today and tell your loves ones how much they mean to you. Hug your children. Kiss your partner. Call your parents. Appreciate all those moments while you can.
Elaine, Aaron and Addison