Life's journeys: Language, culture, communication


Wake-up call

Dear readers, dear friends,

thank you so much for following my blog and thank you for your comments. Please have understanding if I am going to be a little quiet, a little absent for a while. Our family went through a traumatic experience two days ago. We could have lost our sweet little girl, our giggle-box who is always upbeat. She fell down an entire flight of stairs at a friend’s house, rolled over three times and landed on her face at the bottom. It was my fault, I didn’t pay attention, and a few seconds is all it takes.

My son and I are still very shaken, having witnessed the whole thing, my husband who was out of town and had to rush home to the hospital is still walking in a daze. She lost a tooth and dislodged another, but apart from that, miraculously, there was NOT ONE bruise on her head or body.

I want to take this opportunity to THANK GOD AND HER GUARDIAN ANGEL(S) for saving our daughter. While we were in the hospital, and she had finally fallen asleep connected to those monitors, I just sat up and looked at her and thought how beautiful she is and how much I love her and how I would give anything to be able to keep her safe forever. When she was very little, I used to watch her sleep quite often, but somehow along the way I just forgot to be grateful. Well, I am grateful now, more than you can imagine. I AM TRULY TRULY GRATEFUL! I would also like to thank my friend I. who kept her cool and offered unconditional support, the ambulance crew, particularly the very dedicated emergency doctor who pulled rank and drove us to the right hospital for her jawbone to be examined and her tooth re-positioned, as well as the personnel at the Uni Klinikum Children’s Ward, who gave a terrified and conflicted mother a lot of their patience.

Every wobbly step she takes now, I get a heart attack and my son gets all flushed and starts to tremble (he is the most caring, loving and responsible older brother anybody can have), and her smile is not quite the same, but she is here with us, she’s playing, she’s her usual jolly self, she’s alive.

Forget ambition, pride and all that crap that seems important when we’re on top of the world. The only thing that really matters is that we are God’s partners in creating life. Real life. Real souls. A fancy house, a prestigious job, our self-absorbed plans?… none of that is worth a rat’s ass. Things can always be fixed. With people, it’s often irreversible.


6 responses to “Wake-up call”

  1. Even though I only recently discovered your blog, through an older post, I feel very connected so I wish you and your family all the best and all the health in the world! I know the feeling of getting your whole world shuttered when something traumatic happens to your child. My youngest son broke his arm twice, the second time (he was in day-care) managed to broke both of the bones, he needed surgery and a metal bar to keep the bones together.
    Anyhow, take care of you!


  2. Ii doresc doar sanatate si fetitei tale si la toata familia. Azi ti-am descoperit blogul si mi-ai inseninat viata. Iti multumesc ca existi. Te rog mult apuca-te de scris o carte, povesti pentru copii, pentru adulti despre viata pentru ca talentul tau sa pui viata in cuvinte e unic. M-ai prins si pe mine care nu-mi place sa citesc.


  3. Lovely blog you have here, I enjoyed it over and over again in the last couple of days! You write funny and smart, in Romanian, as well in English, loved the stories and the way you tell them.
    Sorry for the trouble with your daughter, hope everything is OK now and you are not scared anymore! Hugs!


  4. Thanx God for this miracle! You know I always pray for you, guys! I love you very, very much!
    As I have always told you (and now Gabriela Schimmer told you the same) you really have to write a book! We, your fans, deserve it! 😉


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