the next day you get a dreaded phone call that your husband and daughter have been in a four wheeler accident. Thanks be to God no one was severely injured…..a clavicle fracture, some extremely large bruises and painful-to-look-at road rash were actually a relief and blessing given that the ATV flipped over and skidded about 30 feet. It has a way of giving you perspective. They are both improving every day and I know someone who’ll give you a good deal on a four wheeler! That said, it has given me “pause” in my normal busy schedule to serve those I love in a different way (ie… bandage changes, medication nurse, wound care specialist). I’ve also had time to ponder the what if’s. What if someone had been killed? What if there had been life-altering injuries? What if , what if , what if? That game can make you crazy. Thankfully, I can kiss my little girlie goodnight tonight and can hug my husband and tell him how much I love him. I don’t want to take it for granted. I don’t want to glide through days and months without truly being present for those I love. So, tomorrow or the next day or the day after that, when life is back to normal, I hope I remember to drink it all in….to be thankful and available and kind…..to live and love purposely without hesistation, to truly enjoy my family and to cherish our days. This trauma has in essence pushed life’s pause button for us. I don’t recommend the trauma but the pause button is kinda nice. Gotta go now and check all the wounds and pass out the evening medications. We’ll be back to salsa making soon enough.