Just before the Memorial Day weekend, I had to take Peter to the emergency room. I was grateful for the long weekend because Peter was out of commission, and I was needed to stay home to take care of Philip. I wanted to write about the experience, but I was too busy at the time. It wasn’t until mid-June that I pulled my thought together into “smoke gets in your eyes.”
Having allowed some time to pass, I could reflect on the situation. By the time I hit publish, I was certain that I understood how both Peter and I felt about what happened. I ended the tale by declaring that the chest pains and late night visit to the hospital just hadn’t scared Peter enough to stop smoking.
One of the benefits of blogging is, if you have a few followers, you are sure to get some feedback. Lucky for me, Pam Huggins of Pamo’s World stopped by my post and left a comment:
Pam’s insight was so helpful. Even though I wrote about it, I hadn’t thought about what it meant for Peter to say those words. And it was a beginning. He’s been trying the patch and has cut down significantly. Has he quit? No, but I’m more hopeful that he is willing to try.
For giving me a new perspective on the situation, I’ve chosen Pam for my June 2014 Comment of the Month. Her words will live on at my “Couldn’t Have Said It Better” page. Please take a moment to stop by her blog to see her latest comic. Her drawings appear every Monday and Thursday. I take it as a sign that choosing her was the right thing to do since she recently posting one called “Having Chest Pain?”
I hope Pam doesn’t mind, but I also have an honorable mention for the month. For succinctly summing up how many people felt when I shared about Philip’s rejection from local daycare centers, I give you the comment left by Christina on my gargleblaster “Long haired freaky people need not apply“: