Life can change in the most surprising ways.
I think we’ve all experienced some of the tragedies. Dreams get shattered, or just slowly rust away. A person you love is there, and then they are not. A friend you can count on betrays you deeply. A family ruptures. It’s shocking, it’s cruel, and I was getting used to it.
But then there are the other surprises. The birth of a child (plan all you want. You’ll be surprised just the same). The resurrection of a cat (that’s a story for another time).
Six months ago I was, living my life in the Pennsylvania woods, doing environmental education.
Flash forward to today, and you’ll find me driving a motorcycle around Uganda directing a public health NGO.
Six months ago, It was just Laura and me.
Here we are today with another beautiful little person in our family.
This morning I rode into town, bought water, and strapped the jug onto my motorcycle. As I threaded my way through a herd of cows and a machine gun toting marching band I realized that I don’t recognize this life I’m living. But I like it.
And I’m falling into the rhythm of it. It feels like a different world, but I am still me.
We feel like a different family. But we are still us.
For a minute there, I’d forgotten that surprises can be amazing. That life can twist and turn and leave you breathless for all the right reasons.
That’s a thing worth remembering.