I had the chance to meet the very lovely Rachel of blog.rachelcotterill.com yesterday at a relatively nondescript midtown Irish pub (I wanted to introduce her to Ayza, a wine and chocolate bar but sadly they weren’t yet open). It’s always such a treat to meet a blogger face-to-face and Rachel was every bit the sweetheart in person as she is on her blog.
Sadly her time in New York is limited so we agreed to meet on 9/11. My only other plans for the day consisted of avoiding television coverage as much as possible (I couldn’t keep away from it entirely; there was at least one name I wanted to hear read out loud) and reliving those events along with every other New Yorker. Rachel’s visit was a welcome distraction.
I have been giving so much thought lately to how fleeting all of this really is. I’ve shifted focus over the past two years (ever since I started my blog, really) and have vowed I would never take anything in life for granted… and I realized that over the past few months, I have done just that. I have allowed my health and overall well-being to fall by the wayside and I have been sitting around feeling incredibly sorry for myself for no good reason whatsoever.
The events that happened 10 years ago yesterday reminded me of a very dark period in our history and loss that was experienced by so many on an unimaginable scale. And then I heard some news today in the bloggy world that reminds me again of how precious life really is.
Anna of An Inch of Gray is a blogger I have never met before but I read about her story this morning over at Alexandra’s home and it’s been on my mind ever since. She lost her son Jack this past week, just days after posting this photograph of him on his first day of school. He was swept away by the floodwaters in Virginia.
My heart shattered into a million little pieces and I wanted nothing more than to relieve just a fraction of that hurt for her and her family. There is really nothing I can do or say to take away that kind of pain, but I thought that if we could all just perhaps take a moment out of our day to send some good thoughts/positive vibes/comforting prayers her way, then maybe she would know how much her story touches us all.
If you have a moment, please stop by her blog and send her some good wishes. And if you feel compelled to write a little something for Anna, you can link up at Kate’s blog, The Big Piece of Cake, here.