Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Musings on an email

While my dad is notorious for forwarding on emails, I have given him express permission to do so. I actually like the things he forwards on--jokes that are surprisingly funny, videos I enjoy watching, and sometimes it's something that makes me think. Like this link:


I do catch an episode of Oprah every now and again, but certainly don't watch it regularly, so this was new to me, even if many other people have seen it. A man named Randy Pausch has found out he is dying and delivers his "last lecture." If you haven't seen it, take the 10 minutes and watch it.

It got me to thinking, what would I want to say if I found out I was dying? What would I want to do if I knew I wouldn't be around? I decided that first, I would eat ice cream for breakfast. Second, I would want my scrapbooks caught up, or at least my photos organized and memories written down, as a gift to Tyler. I would want him to know how much I love him and have something from me. Third, I would want to spend all my time with my family.

Then I started thinking, aside from the ice cream, why don't I do those things now? Why don't I do the things that are most important? I know some days I just practically ignore Tyler and let him watch too much tv just so I can get my house clean. So yesterday and today, we have been playing--yesterday it was inside because we had rain, but today the weather was beautiful so we went for a bike ride to the park, we played outside, we had lunch together. I also pulled out my scrapbook stuff and started 3 different layouts. I am going to try hard to make sure Tyler knows he is important to me, write down our memories, and try to find some balance in life, because as much as I don't like cleaning, it has to be done. :) Now, about that ice cream. . .


Emily R said...

i got that email too... and i cried through it. you are a good mom!

Camilla said...

Great work Ang. . .I wish I was caught up on scrapbooking, my house certainly isn't clean.

Good suggestions for living life fuller, too!