Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Too Many Bittersweet Occasions

On Sunday, while celebrating my niece Rehana's 11th birthday with our family, I told her that Josh's birthday had just passed on Friday. She furrowed her brow in pain and frustration and exclaimed, "And he can't celebrate."

We have already shared many such bittersweet occasions. Thanksgiving in October, my birthday in November, Christmas, New Year, Navroz... Occasions that should be celebrations but that don't fully feel like celebrations. Instead they're reminders of what Josh, Sarah, Shane and their families are missing. What they don't have the freedom to do. The simple freedom to be with their families and to celebrate occasions that mark the passage of our lives.

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