Life is a perplexing thing. There is no rhyme nor reason to the circumstances of our daily existence. If there were a giant book of instructions and an elongated list of logic explaining the happenings in our lives it would be in a language nobody could decipher.
We are not meant to know the meaning of things that occur while they are happening. We are merely challenged to learn from the events we encounter and use that knowledge to enhance our future. I found myself in the middle of one of those moments last week.
They were a lovely family, originally booked to visit the lodge in July but had to postpone due to a medical diagnosis that required immediate action. Even after rescheduling their vacation, a last-minute trial became available to help battle her recent diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Two trips to St. Margaret’s Hospital during their four-day “vacation” were made much more bearable by their one “magical” day at Shamrock Lodge. I was extremely fortunate to be a part of that magic by being asked to make a “Bubble Guppy” cake for her daughter’s 2nd birthday.
I had no idea what a Bubble Guppy was but my longing to make this vacation memorable was overshadowed by my ignorance and this is the cake that arrived at their table and made three generations of their family smile….especially the two older generations.
I will forever remember driving home that afternoon to finish the cake for an early celebration because her treatment came first. I will always cherish the look on her two-year old’s face when she realized this cake was for her and it was a Bubble Guppy cake. And the moment that I will hold closest to my heart is being a part of a celebration that may not happen again if the medical trial fails.
Life is a perplexing thing. But watching a family hold each other close and truly celebrate together helped me slightly dispel the mystery.
Life is about commemorating the moments we are able to celebrate. Life is not about worrying about what comes next or what we may miss. Life is about making the most of the time we have together and living in the now. Life is about having a Bubble Guppy cake and being able to share it with the family at your table, not ever considering they may not be there for the next birthday celebration. And life is just about being with those who you hold closest to your heart for as long as you can.
If I have learned anything this past week, I have learned that life is too short to spend on things that are not number one on your list. If there is something you want, chase it. If there is something you yearn for, pursue it. And if there are people in your life that make your days brighter, do everything in your power to make the sun shine on them for as long as you can.
You never know when that Bubble Guppy will revert from a cherished memory to simply a mystery.