Life Isn’t Always Fair

June 7, 2010 13 Comments TAGS: Career, Kids, Relationships, Stress, Wellness

I wasn’t going to blog today. I was going to take the day off for self care. But I learned a valuable lesson today. A very big one, and I decided to share it. I sit at my computer now, with tears streaming down my eyes. Life isn’t always fair. But we do the best we can with the hand we are dealt. Today, I was pretty shaken.

While brainlessly getting my hair done this morning for a charity event tonight, I got the socks knocked off of me emotionally. I literally had to look up to stop the flow of tears. I had to think funny thoughts… my little son walking around the house nude playing the guitar on his private part. I even thought of this picture from1997 of my husband (then boyfriend at the time) on one of our first few trips together.

life isn't always fair

My hunny with my sarong in Punta Cana

But this story was just too unfair. And I am as sensitive as they come.

Before me, standing on her feet, making me look pretty, was this happy and beautiful 23 year old hairstylist. Moments before, I had seen her playing with these adorable kids. And I said to her, “Those kids are so cute… ” thinking they belonged to one of her clients. “Thanks, they’re my little siblings. A pipe burst in school today, so I had no choice but to bring them to work with me for the day.” Ok. I found it odd, but didn’t say anything.

And even though getting a haircut or a blow dry, or any self care, is a time when I usually try and be still and quiet, something made me want to know more. I asked her one question, I don’t remember what it was, and then the answer. “Yah, my three little half siblings live me with me now. Our father died in the fall, and their mother became an alcoholic and is in rehab. If they didn’t come to live with me, they were going to go to foster care, so of course I took them.  It’s ok. We’re happy. They’re much happier now, because they saw a lot of horrible things between their mother being drunk and our father being sick. It’s better like this. I love them and I’m really happy. They’re even going to sleep away camp for 1 week this summer!”

I had to ask her again, thinking I misunderstood… “You live alone with your three little half-siblings? You’re raising them by yourself?” She answered again with a big beautiful smile, “Yes. It’s cool. Life isn’t always easy, but hardships make you stronger and we’re doing okay.” I told her that she impacted me so strongly, that I had to write about it. She said no problem. That maybe it will inspire people to realize that women are stronger than most give them credit for. That really in life, anyone can get used to any situation, it just takes time. And that having a positive attitude makes all the difference. Those were her hopes she said, in me writing her story.

So today, from a 23 year old hairdresser who got handed something out of life that she hadn’t signed up for– a sick father who later passed away, three children to care for alone at this tender young age, I learned what life is all about. I left and somehow felt shallow with my freshly done hair blowing in the wind, my freshly manicured nails and toenails. And as I sit here now, I appreciate my life– my husband, my children, my parents a little more. Because truly, life is fragile. And there is sadness and suffering everywhere. But what I really learned today, was about resilience. It’s the resilience that I will take away… when life hands you lemons, squeeze it and make lemonade.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

xoxEDxox

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    5. NeuroticFatChickNo Gravatar says:

      This story brought tears to my eyes. I’m a foster mother and have been for a few years now. I’ve had kids come to my home from varying backgrounds…some I would classify as horrific. It always amazes me that with the right care these children can bounce back and find some kind of happiness and self love.

      We can’t know if that crappy deck life dealt us was a positive or a negative until we ride it through. For instance: My foster son is 15 and we are adopting him. He was removed 4 years ago and now he’s the happiest he’s ever been. Need I mention the adoptability of a 15 year old boy? Yeah, nil. But here we are. So much like my 2 biological kids that you’d never know he hasn’t been with us for all of his 15 years.

      Another example: My husband used to be a truck driver (really sad and large lemon of my life at the time). I didn’t want to leave my daughter in daycare while I worked, so I opened a daycare in my home. Over the years that led to foster care. My husband’s been off the road for 8 years now and if it weren’t for that lemon so long ago we would never have met the son we are adopting now.

      Life unfolds before us like a flower. You just can’t see how beautiful it will be while it’s still a bud. Even if it’s the ugliest bud you’ve ever seen it will become something wondrously beautiful.

      NFC

    6. Erica DiamondNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you everyone for your comments and emails. I have not stopped thinking about this woman since Monday. In fact, she doesn’t know it, but I have nominated her for a Hero Award. My fingers are crossed. xoxEDxox

    7. Anonymous says:

      Heartbreaking.

    8. RichardNo Gravatar says:

      Anon is right. You seem to truly have it all. Enjoy your many blessings and be thankful.

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    10. JulieNo Gravatar says:

      This is so sad for this young woman. Yes, we all have to count our blessings and be grateful for things we DO have instead of focusing on what we don’t. Very touching blog post.

    11. Jennifer says:

      Wow. How unfair for such a young girl to have this responsibility. You are right. Life isn’the fair. I hope she gets help for her own mental well being. It cannt be easy on her.

    12. anon says:

      Woman on the fence, you are very blessed to have all that you do.
      Be grateful, share your blessing, be happy and smile

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