Life is Fragile: Meet my namesake – Aunt Vicki

This is for my Aunt Vicki.  You see, I have always had some very big shoes to fill — I was named after numerous people. 

One grandmother was Victoria and the other was Ruth — thus my name:  Victoria Ruth. (Victoria means “victorious spirit” and Ruth means “loyal”)

However, my Aunt Vicki, my Mom's sister is “Big Vicki” and I've always been “Little Vicki,” long past when I was little!

Aunt Vicki is like the sunshine on water — her laugh fills up a room.  I love her dearly.  She has always loved me unconditionally.

Tonight, I am praying for my Aunt Vicki because she is in ICU recovering from a stroke.  She is quite young to be there and yet, she is.  She and my mother are both walking, talking evidence of the grace and goodness of God.

So, tonight, I have been listening to music, which is what I do when I need to pray and think.  Three songs have stuck in my mind tonight:  Sting's song Fragile, Selah's Hiding Place, and this one by Joe Cocker:  You Are so beautiful.  (How is that for an eclectic mix!)

I think the thing that stuck out the most about the Joe Cocker number was one comment on the video from xCrimsonButterflyx one day a go:

“My grandfather was the kind of guy to always be smiling & laughing – when he was dying of cancer I saw that disappear – so in the middle of ICU with all the nurses & doctors around I got down on 1 knee & sang this song to my grandpa – For those that have not had the misfortune of hearing me sing I can't – I went for it all even the last note – to see a smile widen across his face – hear him laugh for the last time saying don't give up your day job – it was worth the embarrassment 100 times over”

It is the reckless abandon and humility in loving your family that endears me to this commenter.  Life is so short.  We do not know who we have today and not tomorrow.  xCrimsonButterflyx got it right.

Reflect on this

Think of the one person who you are struggling with right now in your family and ask yourself:

“If something were to happen to __(fill in their name)____ tonight, what would be my regret?”  

Then, set out to fix it.

Life is so short, so fragile, so temporary, that we must love our family while we have them.  I wish I'd visited her more.  But then again, I just thought I had forever to go skiing with her at the lake.  I am so wrong sometimes that it stinks.

Indeed, each moment is beautiful, each breath is a gift, and each memory we make is one we keep.

So, tonight as I retire, I sing to myself the song, Hiding place, sung so beautifully by the vlogger I found below.  For truly, tonight as my family and I circle up in the prayer room of our church, He is our hiding place. And whatever lies ahead for Aunt Vicki and us, we know Who holds the key and her and our future.

Thank you all for your encouragement today over twitter and plurk. I'll keep those who want to follow this updated on this page.


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A ButterFly Kiss –  TIO's photo Stream.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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SherryC July 17, 2008 - 3:18 am

You and your family have been in my prayers all day and will continue to be there. It is always so difficult when crisis makes us stop in our tracks and evaluate what is important in life. You have a strong sense of that! Know that many of us are praying for you and that you are held in the light. Take care!

21CT- Frank's Blog July 17, 2008 - 3:22 am

Vicki, I hope big and little Vicki and the whole family are doing as well as can be. Wishing a speedy recovery for your Aunt; and sending bunches of spiritual energy your way.


Stephanie Sandifer July 17, 2008 - 3:31 am


I am so sorry to hear this and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


mrsdurff July 17, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Crying with you, praying for your family.

Shaun Carey July 17, 2008 - 8:13 pm

We all will be thinking about you and your family. Best wishes to your Aunt Vicki.

Cheryl Oakes July 23, 2008 - 10:38 am

Sending you thoughts and prayers during this time. Always thinking of you and your wonderful family.

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