My sister texted me this morning to say, “I’m thinking about you and I love you.” I texted back “thanks for knowing.” Today it’s been four months. The 3rd of each month will forever be a day of remembrance of Jack. At first it seemed like a curse, but I can see a time where it will turn into a blessing. Today, I also had lunch with my niece (Dr. Diamond), her two children, Ella and Dawson, and Pastor Bill Kem and his wife Carla. Getting a chance to spend time with those five people today really filled my bucket.
Shelly and I were talking on my commute early this morning. Everyone has to go through “life”. We are all touched by pain, loss, disappointment, and heartache. It’s not unique to our family, and if any of you reading this are currently suffering in any way, you are not alone. Don’t put your heart in a box. Someone very wise once said to me, “People will want to reach out to you. Let them.” It was the best advice! I was given permission to “let them” when I really didn’t even yet know what to do or how to feel. I’d like to pass on that same thing to anyone who may need to hear it. In these hallways you are surrounded by “reacher-outers”. Be reached!
Mother’s Day is this coming weekend. I wish all Moms the very best, and I say thank you for your selfless love. Our kids are so lucky, my wife is a fantastic mother! She’s just not my Mother. My recommendation to all the husbands out there, don’t say to your wife, “You’re not my mother”. (You’d think I’d be a little smarter, wouldn’t you?)
Have a great weekend!
-Dr. Michael Hurt, CMO