What are you doing tonight? Watching to see who gets voted off the Xfactor? Helping kids with last minute homework they "forgot" they had or looking for rugby socks? Trying to iron your work clothes for tomorrow as the only top and trousers you have left don't "go". Whatever it is you're doing, just stop. Stop for a second and look around at the people with you. Listen to the familiar noises your house makes. Comforting isn't it?
I was on Twitter on Saturday night reading hundreds of tweets about a lovely lady I have never met or spoken to. Her name is Kerry or Multiple Mummy. Before long Healing4Kerry was trending in second place. I read posts about her and was moved by This One her husband wrote. I also watched a slideshow of amazing photos that he has put together (you can watch it HERE).
It made me realise just how fragile we all are. How much we take every day for granted. I bet there isn't one person reading this that hasn't already made plans for next week or Christmas even. It has made me realise how tied up in the little things I have become. My house is usually a mess and I am constantly fighting the tidal wave of toys, books and clothes that adorn every floor or surface. Sod it. I live with four messy males of varying ages. I'm never going to win so I may as well concentrate my efforts on enjoying my time with them rather than being annoyed most of the time.
I was really upset on Saturday, thinking about Kerry's children wondering where their Mummy was and when she would be home. I thought about her husband having to be supportive and keeping it together for his family, hoping he had enough support too. And Kerry, does she know what has happened to her and just how many people were thinking of her that night alone.
If there was anything I could do to make this beautiful lady better I would do it in a heartbeat, I think we all would. Failing that, I can embrace what this has taught me. To make each day count, forget the little things and love and laugh my way through the tough times.
With every fiber of my being, I wish you a speedy recovery and that you are home for Christmas x