She is one of my best friends, and I was clueless to the pain she was suffering at that very moment.
We were meeting at a halloween party for the kids. She said she was running late, 30 minutes late to be exact. She has two toddlers. I assumed it had simply been a struggle to get out the door. Her kids were not in full costume, just simple super hero capes draped on their everyday clothing. I concluded the day had been extra busy, and did not think twice about it.
We hugged, the kids squealed, and we were off to grab some treats. We talked and laughed and took a million photos of our little munchkins.
It wasn’t until the end, after all the festivities had worn down, that she told me. Her mom had a stroke that morning. They found four large blood clots on her brain. They were able to remove only three. She could not speak or move the right side of her body. The next 24 hours were scary serious, and after that she had a long road ahead of her.
My friend needed to get away from the hospital for a little while, to give her mind some relief from it all.
This was not a passing acquaintance I was talking to. This was my friend, my good friend, and I was so unaware, so oblivious to her hurt. How many people do I encounter each day? They smile, nod, say a few words. I have no idea what their life entails.
My heart aches for my friend today, having to watch her sweet mom suffer like this. I am numb from the knowledge of her pain.
I pray I will not forget this numbness. I pray I will feel it each and every time I encounter another. To see them through the eyes of my soul; to show them the kindness they may desperately need. Life is filled with pain and suffering. What if we all tried a little bit harder to bring a ray of light to the midst of it?