Today I sat down to write a post on miles and points, credit cards, blah blah blah. After all, isn’t it why most people come to this blog? But I just can’t today. If you want a factual, information-only site, I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong place. Some posts will be emotionally charged because life isn’t always roses and unicorns.
Yesterday I got news that my daughter’s kindergarten teacher passed away from a heart attack. She was in her early forties. She went to work, suddenly felt sick and then she was gone. When my daughter was in her class few years ago, they really clicked. In fact, that teacher selected her to be a “cool cat,” a special privilege given to only a handful of students in the school. I remember how she once jokingly commented that my daughter is super smart, but has those “ditzy blond” moments now and again. True! I have those too, and I’m not even blond.
I actually started writing this blog around the time my daughter went to school. I remember telling this teacher about my site and her commenting that she really wants to travel more with her son. I hope she did. She was a single mom who adopted a little boy few years back. And she loved him dearly. I remember seeing them together at school each morning. He was always hugging his mom. I thought it was so cute that he wasn’t embarrassed to do it in front of his friends.
Every day, when I dropped my daughter off to school, this teacher was right there, smiling and opening the car door. But she wasn’t there today. My heart breaks for her little boy. He found a loving mom and a home, and now he is all alone again. Life really isn’t fair sometimes.
I know since this is a travel-related blog, I’m supposed to say how you should take more trips with your family etc. I’m not going to do that. I wanted to write this post to encourage you to be there for your family. Like really be there, without phones, iPads or laptops. Instead of reading blogs and forums this weekend, how about reading stories to your kids? I admit, I’m pretty bad at this and quite often get distracted thinking about new posts, various tasks and “honey do” list for my husband. How about we keep each other accountable?
The same goes for your family and friends. Sometimes, I’m in the middle of writing a post and my mom calls me on Skype. There were instances when I didn’t really feel like interrupting my thought process and wouldn’t answer. I figured I would call her back, but many times I didn’t. But I will now.
The truth is, in life there are no guarantees. We only have “now,” that’s all we are promised. I wrote about this before, and how you shouldn’t let negative developments of this hobby rob you of your happiness or distract you from things that really matter. So, here I am again, encouraging you to live in the “now.”
P.S. My kids are off school tomorrow, so no posts till Monday. I’m going to practice what I “preach.”
Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.