My family has experienced great highs over the years. I have a dughter who likes to enter the odd competition. She has a lot of good fortune come her way. She’s won gift vouchers and hotel stays and even tickets for cruises and holidays. She has won so much money that she was able to pay off a substantial portion of her mortgage. It would seem she has a knack to submitting just the right entry when it comes to her competitions.
Yet even with these highs, was have also shared in the lowest of lows. Despite my daughter’s good fortune, it was not enough to save two of her sons. They were born two of quadruplets. Their arrival into this world was premature and they had cerebral palsy.
I cannot express how excited we were to discover that my daughter had conceived naturally and would have four babies. Of course, the risks were enormous — to her and to the babies. While two of the babies died young, the other two (and their older sister) have all grown into wonderful adults.
Recently, we received news that my her husband has terminal cancer. I’m in awe of their ability to keep smiling through it all. I’m even more amazed at how she finds time to be there for me when I need help. I can only say that any competition she wins, is a deserved win.
There have been other family challenges too. My daughter-in-law and son struggled for years to start a family. Eventually they turned to IVF and were able to have three beautiful children. My younger brother had a big win in the lottery in the 1980s right before he was to be married. He was set on sharing it with his family and his wife and her family — a noble thing to do. But with the up came the down and my brother passed away at the age of 55.
Luck was to come our way again — also in the form of a lottery win — when my parent’s won. I felt that if anyone deserved some good fortune, it was them. There were many struggles as we were growing up.
I was widowed at a young age, but found love again. Unfortunately, my husband was diagnosed with cancer and died. I was lucky to have found love again and I married for the third time 25 years ago. All is going well at this stage.
I often hope that the good luck we’ve had as a family outweighs the bad times we’ve had to endure. In fact, we’re due for another high, which should take the form of my granddaughter’s wedding. She recently became engaged and we are sharing in her excitement.
No doubt many families are riding the wave of good times and bad times in life. I hope that anyone whose fortunes have gone south can stay strong and hold on until the highs come around again. It’s worth it!