My brother, Eric, posted this on Facebook last night:

“It’s the week of Thanksgiving, which always makes me think of a beautiful line from my favorite Jimmy Buffett song: ‘Some of it’s magic. Some of it’s tragic. But I’ve had a good life all the way.'”

And then he posted this video that Cassie had made when baby Scout was born:

Cassie is Eric’s wife. She waited for baby Scout for a long long time; it was almost ten years of waiting before finally, through an amazing adoption miracle, that Cassie finally had that longed-for child in her arms.

If you’ve read this blog for long, you probably already know what happened after that. When Scout was three years old, Cassie died very unexpectedly. It was very, very tragic.

I don’t know if there will ever be a day that goes by that we don’t think of her. Inconceivably, life has continued to march on. Scout is thriving. Eric is amazing and just keeps holding on and taking each day as it comes (magic?). He’s even learned how to do Scout’s hair like a boss 😊(more magic!)

Through the magic and the tragic he’s gained perspective: could we know happiness without sadness?

Magic. Tragic. Two sides of the same coin. To make a good life.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. Hug those you love the most a little tighter this week. That’s truly the magic.

p.s. thank you, jimmy. thank you, eric 🙂


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