This morning I answered the cell phone to a crying, upset, close to hysterical girl on the other end. She'd just gotten into her first-ever car accident and she was very scared. In that flash of a second when I was waiting for my child to tell me she was not badly hurt my heart rate rocketed and fear gripped every muscle in my body. She has a few minor cuts. She is sore. She's a little shaken up. But thank-you-God she is just fine.
An earthquake in my not so distant memory taught me that life is so very fleeting, precious, fragile, and totally unpredictable ... I was reminded of this again today.
Go hug your kid. (Or anyone else you love that needs to know it.)