I was driving home from shopping today, truck full of new toys, foods and clothes bought with the generous gift cards given by family and friends. I was smiling listening to my son watch his movie on his DVD player. It was then that I saw the most horrible thing. I passed a home that was what I can only guess was in the process of eviction. There were four men in gloves standing by this large mound by the curb. I can only guess they had just finished carrying this family’s home out to place it there. There sat a huge pile. In it a tipped Christmas tree, bags of clothes and personal belongings, a couch, a dresser, different furniture, and boxes of odds and ends. It was then that my breath caught even tighter in my throat. There sat what looked like a fairly new bassinet draped in soft pink ruffles with this tiny pink and white knitted blanket. The men who stood there didn’t appear to enjoy their break from the heavy lifting or even talk amongst themselves in conversation. They each just stood there staring into the pile. It was the most heartbreaking scene. All I could do was say a silent prayer for this family and their new baby and hope they are able to heal from this ordeal soon.
Seeing something so sad makes me realize that while sometimes I complain about not having enough money or wanting this or that, my family is so very blessed. We are so lucky to have each other, and our health and even all of the material things in our life. My husband and I each have a nice car, we have a roof over our heads, that while is rented and temporary, is very much our beautiful home. We have food in our bellies and more possessions than we need. We are happy and we are comfortable. I wish I could say that for everyone today.