When our daughters were probably 11 and 14, we were having a lazy, family Saturday afternoon at home. My wife and girls were looking through old high school yearbooks and I decided to take a shower. Big mistake! You should always stay around and defend your interests, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
After my shower, while getting dressed, my oldest daughter burst into the room in sheer panic screeching, “Dad, dad, please hurry! Mom is having a heart attack! Hurry!” Well, panic also struck me immediately. And being the ever trusting father that I am, I never would’ve believed (until then) that my beautiful, sweet daughter would ever try to pull the wool over my eyes. I was unsuspecting of any skullduggery going on here. But she played her part in this plot to the hilt and I swallowed it hook, line and sinker.
Dashing into the living room where they all had been, I saw my youngest daughter almost in tears watching her mom writhing in pain on the couch, clutching her chest. Thoughts and confusion began racing through my head: What happened to cause this? “Honey, are you ok?” What to do? Call 911, etc…
They all three let my emotions build to a fevered pitch and then my wife slowly struggled to reach down and pick up my high school yearbook. She opened it to the page that had my picture with the title below the picture, “Voted Most Cooperative.”
Now, a most cooperative person should not cause a heart attack, but they thought this to be so funny!
Why they would ever think anything less than what the title of the picture plainly stated, I surely cannot tell. My contention was that, “You see it. It is written in black and white for everyone to see! Read it and weep!”
We had a lot of laughs over this one, of course. It has reminded me of all the good times and memories that we share as a family. We have been blessed by God to be a close family and my heart goes out to those who have not had a positive family life. But it is never too late to start. If you need to, mend those relationships, hug your family and begin making some positive memories.
The two most frequently stated regrets of people on Hospice care are: I wish I had done more for Jesus and I wish I had concentrated on my relationships more. These run parallel to what Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-39, that the two greatest commandments are to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and your neighbor as yourself.” Life’s too short not to enjoy your family. Take the time. You will be glad that you did.