Heartache

The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.”
― Debra Ginsberg

Heartache is one of those gifts from life that just keeps on giving.  Everyone goes through it but walks away with an unique memory.  Be it heart bleed, gray hair, or other emotional scars, the heartache is forever etched on one’s permanent memory bank.

Take parenting for example.  Nothing could be more heart breaking for parents than a sick child. When a child is sick, due to whatever illness, the parents feel the anguish of the child every second.  The endless worrying and searching for ways to comfort the miserable child could turn minutes into hours.  It is agonizing.

Recently, my son had his wisdom teeth pulled.  All four of them.  One of the teeth was deeply embedded.  It took the surgeon and his team a lot longer than expected. I could tell that the surgeon was exhausted when he came out to update me on my son’s status.

The news should have prepared me for the shock of my son’s condition when he was released.  It did not do justice.  That was when my heart started to ache.

When it comes to heartache, what is your coping strategy in dealing with it?

 

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