Sometimes it is those unexpected moments in life that bring you opportunities that you might otherwise not have been able to experience. Moments that remind you of times gone by and at the same time bring new experiences that cement relationships that you already knew you had.
This weekend my brother and I went to my parents house to work on converting their bathtub to a shower. With my dad’s lymphoma it was getting more and more difficult to get in and out of the bathtub and the last thing we need is a fall at this point. My brother is quite handy with building and I’m a good apprentice, so together we make a pretty good team.
We are in day two of the work and I have to say as arduous, tiring…no exhausting the task is, getting to spend quality time with my brother as we come together for a common purpose has has outweighed any tiredness that may have set in. We got all the fighting out of the way growing up, so we are in a place where we get to spend our later years enjoying each other’s company and doing things together that are meaningful.
When we were together earlier today, I looked at him and asked how we got here. It seems yesterday we were boys growing up in this house and now here we are in our 50’s ensuring that our parents needs are being met. It is the circle of life that we all have to go through if we are fortunate and how we spend those years really sets the stage for what kind of life we ultimately have.
Last night I lay my head on my pillow and smiled. I smiled knowing that what we will ultimately accomplish together will be something that not only our parents need, but something that they will enjoy. However, most of all we will have created a memory that we will be able to share for years to come. Every time we visit our parents and step in that shower, we will will once again be filled with a sense of pride for what we were able to do together.
Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles today.