During my newfound “thinking time” my daughter graduated from university and I thought of the parents of a friend of my daughter, who many times during my years as a single parent, had taken my daughter to their summer place for much of her school summer holidays.
Only now was I realizing what a major factor that had been in both my life and my daughter’s life. I sat down and wrote a Thank You letter to these friends.
That one Thank You letter led me to remember many other people who had gone out of their way to help my children and I.
It also led me to the realization that for many years I had been so focused on the people who had not helped me, that I had not fully appreciated the many people who had helped me.
Then the questions started.
Had my life in fact been rather easy and I had been an ungrateful complainer?
Would I come to realize that I had been responsible for missing joy and happiness that I could have had?