Life has a way of helping you keep things in perspective. The father of one of our team maintenance members on MFD died this weekend. As much loved as Mickey and Scute were/are - they were cats. In the grand scheme of things, I am blessed:
My parents are both still alive, still married to one another after 54 years and in reasonably good health for their ages.
My brothers and their families are healthy
I am healthy enough.
D and I both are employed, live in a nice home, in a nice neighborhoods, etc. We really want for nothing. We don't grumble over not having enough money to buy food.
So yes, I have been through a lot these past couple of years. The worst of which has been fear that some of those blessings will be snatched from under our feet. But in the grand scheme of things, I am very much blessed. My heart reaches out to my fellow MFD'er in sympathy and gratefulness. Through her loss, I was able to see how much I truly have to be grateful for.