The day I received Those We Love Most, a novel by Lee Woodruff about what happens to a family after a child dies, I devoured the first five chapters.
I probably would have read more had it not been so late at night.
The very next day, a two-year-old girl died after she was accidentally run over in the parking lot at a local park.
In January, two young girls died in a house fire.
My community is mourning. And my heartbreaks for the parents. I don't ever want to know that pain.
So I'm trying to be more present in my own life, to appreciate the moment I'm in rather than looking — and worrying — too far ahead.
It's not easy.
As I write this, the light of a Wednesday evening is fading, my son is pushing his sister in her swing in the backyard, and she is giggling into the breeze.
I know moments like this are fleeting; I try to soak them in whenever I can.
Which moments would you seal up in a bottle if you could?
This post was inspired by the novel Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff. Join the From Left to Write book club on June 6 as we discuss how the book inspired us. You can also enter to win a live video chat with Lee Woodruff.
As a book club member, I received a copy of the book for free.