It's been just over a week and some days are easier than others to remember what made me smile.
If you've read my previous post you'll know this is because I have been in the hospital with my son.
A simple game of tag. A collision of teenage limbs. One massive injury. My son's body absorbed the impact. He says he didn't cry. But the sounds of his agony after every procedure will forever be in the back of my mind.
Despite the current situation, there have been things that have made me smile. Made me thankful.
I am thankful that although my son was out of town at a camp, we have a reliable vehicle that took us to him.
It made me smile to see my son in one piece.
I am proud of my other children and their compassion, empathy and patience. I have spent ever day and night at the hospital with short breaks at home. They don't complain but instead simply tell me they miss me and their brother.
The hugs I get every day make me smile.
The compassion and expertise of our care team makes me smile.
Every day is a day towards recovery. A day closer to our normal. And who wouldn't smile at that.
Be at peace. Find your smile and gratitude every day no matter the challenges you face.
(C) Rachel Rennie