One thing that I know for sure is that I am a caregiver! The act of taking care of people has been a passion for as long as I can remember. That passion has been nurtured, supported and trained until it has permeated my body and soul. With that having been said, there is a selfish side also. That dark place remained hidden from me until my husband Manuel came into my life. The first thing that I noticed was that he was generous with his time. He was there for me, our children, his sisters and parents, and always for his countless friends. His heart and wallet were open for anyone in need. There were homeless people who could depend that he would be there for them, waitresses that beamed with a smile at the sight of him, knowing that he was an especially great tipper to them, and for any charity that he felt drawn to, he would never forget to give. It was not unusual for him to search out a certain nun at the airport each time we were there, to hand her something that he had been saving for just that day.
Sometimes we would have a blood drive at the hospital and he would be first in line. I was happy taking the blood, handing out orange juice, and taking vital signs. I would not be in that line. Although Manuel would explain why he felt strongly about giving blood each time he could, I never felt that way. That is, until my son Alex needed a transfusion and the hospital didn’t have his type. My blood type is O+, the ‘universal donor’, so I immediately volunteered to give my blood. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. There is a screening process involved that would take some time. After that it was clear that the blood that is so unselfishly donated truly does save lives. Some wonderful, kind person had given his blood so that my son would live. ❤️
Some lessons have to be learned the hard way.
Please watch this video that I found on a blog that I follow called: Chasing away salt water by Carly-Jay.
“THE REAL QUESTION IS NOT WHETHER LIFE EXISTS AFTER DEATH. THE REAL QUESTION IS ARE YOU ALIVE BEFORE DEATH.” ~ OSHO