I read about a little 5 year old girl that died a few weeks ago. I cried as I read the story. I was shocked that I could feel so deeply for this complete stranger. I realized that I was identifying with her. I too have a 5 year old that likes to be adventurous and do things that are dangerous. He loves to swim and swims in Lake Michigan with his mom from time to time. I don't know how I would respond if the same tragedy happened to me, but this woman's strength is awe inspiring.
The mom blogs and has clearly been writing as her personal form of therapy to get over this tragedy. She posted about the accident and about the funeral. There is a link to a slide show of Hannah that was made for the funeral. I watched this 15 minute video of her daughter and cried. I kept thinking how lucky I am that my kids are still alive, and how much I would miss them if something were to happen.
I cherish what I have even more now. I love and hold my children closer and tighter. I take more pictures and act goofy with them. Anything can happen and I want my kids to know that I love them completely.