There has definitely been a general funk surrounding us all lately. Depression, crankiness, corporate intrigueâ€¦even The Bloggess noted we may all be on a similar cycle.
For me personally, part of my present struggle has to do with the rabbit hole of this time period â€“ the blur that leads up to my inauguration as a preemie parent some two years ago.
Itâ€™s certainly been an adventure.
Today Fight for Preemies had a balloon release, in honor of all those who were born too soon, who fought or continue to fight the battle of prematurity. The fundraiser offered a chance to personalize your balloon â€“ available in preemie power orange, prematurity awareness purple, or angel white.
We sent up three balloons.
Each of our balloons had a message.
- Orange: 27 weeks. 2 pounds. 76 days. Never let yourself be constrained by normal.
- Purple: Million dollar miracle muppets.
- White: Thank you for watching over us.
In those three balloons, our adventure of a lifetime â€“ in support of the fight against prematurity â€“ became the bundle of balloons that lifted the house in Up off into the high-flying experience of childhood dreams.
Disney has captured the tagline of where my life has gone: Sometimes lifeâ€™s biggest adventures arenâ€™t the ones you set out for.
I never was any good at directionsâ€¦
Tomorrow â€œBorn Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birthâ€ is due to be published. This report is slated to chronicle preterm birth rates by country. Iâ€™ll keep you posted.
And the fight continues.