All posts tagged: human spirit

Eight Anniversary of Coming Home

December tenth doesn’t mean much to my enthusiastic 8 year old. He doesn’t get presents and it isn’t his birthday. To me however, this day never goes by without a moment to note its very special significance. Today will always be the day we brought our first born home from his 96 day stay at California Pacific Medical Center. It was a long sleepless night for all of us. I was terrified. I had convinced myself that babies were best cared for under the twenty-four hour attention of highly trained medical professionals and, maybe he was better off there until he is was one year old. Something so natural as bringing your baby home from the hospital seemed inconceivable for me at that time. He seemed so safe in the hospital. Bringing him home felt equivalent to running a mountain ridge with scissors in your hand. First Ride in the car. Destination? Home! Of course it was time and ready or not he was coming home leaving behind the sanitized medical facility for the warm …

The human spirit and a sibling

One of the most amazing things about us people is our resiliency, our ability to heal, and to come back better and stronger. I have seen the human spirit heal itself over and over and it never ceases to amaze me what strength and courage we all have within us. We have been gifted the ability to “bounce back” from anything if we choose to. I look to a few friends of mine who have been to the depths of the bottom and eventually return to themselves. My “step-sister” Susan honors her young husband’s life,┬áDan Fritz, after cancer took him from her too young. She carries on each day with courage, grace, and beauty and is an inspiration. My friend Bobby whose wife was struck with a sudden and life threatening condition that kept him by her bedside day and night until she had a miraculous recovery that brought her home. They moved on from that trauma to have a beautiful baby girl leaving those terrifying moments far behind them. I watched a co-worker of …