So today I attended a birthday party for my cousin's one year old son. You see, this celebration is unique.
Aiden's birth was extremely difficult. He was premature with severe complications - his lungs had collapsed, he had issues with his heart..it was all horrible.
The doctors were prepping the family for the worst. He wasn't going to make it through the night.
But the thing about the human spirit is that..they're stronger than we give them credit for.
Almost a full month in the hospital later, and a healthy baby boy was released.
So today..was a cause for a celebration. Aiden not only beat the odds the doctors had laid out for him, he even beat the odds our family had laid out for him. He's a chubby little boy with wide eyes, long shaggy hair and a huge grin.
He's got his whole life ahead of him today. But that was not the case a year ago.
After this week, a little joyful gathering was necessary.
The human spirit is strong..sometimes stronger than the human body, I think. Just when we think we can't go on anymore, we do. We push forward, we find a reason..we find that thing that pulls us through. And I'll take it to my grave that the real thing that pushes us..that keeps us going when things seem darkest is love.
Our love for those around us and the love we receive from them.
Food for thought.