Wow. Such an amazing number of things to be grateful for today.
I am grateful for Hudson’s life, and I am so incredibly grateful for the way that her life continues to have such meaning after her death. And as much as I write (and have written today—phew!), I could never find the right words to say how grateful I am to each and every person who did One Good Thing (or more than one) to honor Hudson on her birthday. Your stories, written here and in personal messages to me, are inspiring and heartfelt, and I just want to thank you from the depths of my being for helping Hudson’s light continue to shine in so many ways all over the world. I am, as always, humbled and overwhelmed by the goodness of people. You all give me so much hope, and hope is probably what I need right now more than anything. Thank you so very much. I will never, ever be able to say it enough.
And I am grateful for each and every person who passed on the link to this blog so that Hudson’s story and lesson could be shared even more widely—the blog has seen 4000 new visitors and 12,000 pageloads since Monday. That is amazing. Another way for Hudson to keep shining.
And I am grateful for all the other messages, blog comments, texts, cards, flowers, balloons, and visits we received today, and all the love, prayers, hugs, thoughts, and good wishes being sent across many, many miles. It was an incredibly emotional day, maybe even more so than I had prepared myself for (and I thought I had really prepared myself), but I felt lifted and uplifted in every minute.
I am grateful that the rain dried up and the sun came out just before we went to the Arboretum to spread Hudson’s ashes. Hudson shining again.
And I am grateful just to be here, to have survived the last six months, and to have not only survived this day, but to have lived it just like I wanted to—for Hudson’s sake.