It's amazing how something can happen and it changes your perspective instantly, whether or not it happens to you personally. I have a close friend going through something devastating right now, and I feel helpless. All I can do is hug my own kids. My heart goes out to her family right now.
When I was seventeen, I remember having a conversation with my stepdad, and he ended up looking at me thoughtfully and said, "You still think the world is good, don't you?" He smiled with knowing eyes, "You are so sweet," he finished.
The older I get, the more I realize what he meant and the gravity of what he knew and couldn't tell me then.
37. Today, I am thankful for my children.