I remember when life was simple, and fun...and easy.
I remember when a laugh was cute and not a triumph. When sharing a quiet book before bed was, well, normal.
I remember when dinner could mean take out on Fridays, when casein was a foreign word and gluten was only in bread. Baking wasn't a science experiment and forgetting to read the label meant pink sock not meltdowns.
I remember taking for granted a casual glance or a hug, or just a smile.
Ahhhhhh.....I remember sleep.
I remember when moms were moms rather than self-taught medical researchers. When wars were waged on battlefields, not doctors offices and hero's gave up their lives, not their careers....and reputations.
I will remember that life is not over, just changed.
I will remember that communication doesn't just come in the form of words...and that there is always a silver lining, even if you have to find it with a microscope.
I will remember to fight everyday, but to also find peace at the end of it.
And, I will remember to dream, and to hope....and to believe.
Lisa Dea lives in Vancouver with her family.