A few years ago on a day when our family was together, my 3 daughters and I discussed how everyone in the family seemed to be doing what they wished, & were where they wanted to be. My youngest daughter was married to a man she loved who was retired from an airline and did for her most anything and everything she wished. They did not have children and were free to travel as they pleased. They owned a home in California but were living in southern France, traveling at will with airline privileges. She was "at home" in California with us frequently and was extremely happy. My middle daughter was happily married with 2 grown, married children. My oldest daughter was comtemplating marriage to a man she had "re-met" and known since 4th grade. My grandaughter was busy having chidren which was what she had dreamed of since she was a little girl. My grandson was married and his job had taken them temporarily to live in Australia. I was married (at that time for 14 years) to to a great guy who had been my high school boyfriend. My daughters and I on that day, realized we were all in a very good place in our lives.
August 11, 2009 my youngest daughter died of pancreatic cancer. On March 1, 2010 my oldest daughter died after losing her battle with liver cancer. There are of course, no words to express my grief. It is the worst pain I could have ever imagined.
However.......there was a day a few years ago when we were together and realized "this is as good as it gets." I hope everyone recognizes these wonderful moments in their lives because the next few moments could and may change everything. I am so happy we knew that brief period of complete happiness before we lost it forever.