Peach State says: Bumps on Life’s Road

This past week my two dearest friends found a egg-sized lump on the head of their 6 year old daughter.  It was hard and showed no redness and did not seem to cause their daughter pain.  An appointment was made and the doctor ordered an MRI.  They took her in for the MRI yesterday and after that test the doctor quickly put her in for a CAT scan.  Upon further review and a long period of time waiting, the doctor sent the three of them to the ER for possible surgery.  This is hard enough for an adult much less the parents of a 6 year old.  They were finally given instructions to go home and plans for surgery would be made this next week.

If this is not bad enough, this dear family have already working with an overflowing plate they balance everyday.  With their jobs and three other children and obligations and events they are both involved in they barely have time to be together.  They will not complain about this and maintain a smile and wonderful spirit.  They have an incredible influence and witness to many and they don’ t even know they are doing anything special.

We are made and created to move along life’s road encountering the bumps thrown onto our path.  These bumps can be minor little stones or large boulders that block our way.  How we manage and get around these detours makes us the person we are.  We often want to believe that we are the only one suffering and no one will understand what we are going through.  I respond to this concept…. I cannot understand what they are going through because I have not had to face what they are going through.  My trials may be major to someone else but there is always someone else hurting worse and not able to get around the boulder placed on their path.

We grow stronger with each new obstacle we overcome, but it pains me to see my dear friends face this massive “rock slide”.  No one likes a excessively bumpy road.

About justbetweencousins

We are first cousins who live farther apart from each other than we would like. We thought this blog would give us a chance to visit with each other as well as maybe share a few insights about life. We are both middle aged and until recently both of us had kids the same age (nearly grown). But then the Peach State cuz adopted a son, so she has four now. Heart of Dixie cuz has two daughters. We have a couple of things which are prominently in common (although I'm sure there are actually more): We vacation at our Mema's beach house in Panama City Beach, Florida - until recently, we did so with all of our kids. We both sing - although Heart of Dixie cuz is not currently singing anywhere right now. We both write. We are both Christians, although Peach State cuz is Baptist, and Heart of Dixie is currently floating about between the Anglican church, the Methodist church, and the Episcopalian church. Long story.

Posted on December 3, 2011, in Just Between Cousins and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi, D.L,

    You and I cannot imagine this emotion, but then they can’t imagine some of the ones we have. Have they lived with gambling or alcohol addiction? Has their child ever had psychotic episodes? No, we don’t know their pain, and they don’t know ours. The only one who knows everyone’s pain is God. And we don’t have to beat ourselves up for having the inability to empathize. We sympathize, and we are grateful that we have healthy children. But that doesn’t make our worries about jobs or family or how we are going to put gas in the car any less real. God cares about our little things because even though they don’t seem as big to us as such a medical scare, they are important to Him because we are important to Him. Be grateful for your blessings but don’t let your blessings make you feel guilty.

    I love you,


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