Sunday, December 10, 2006

In the wee small hours of the morning, while I was rocking Ruby back to sleep after a rare late night waking I found myself thinking about Kati Kim and her family. Kati and James Kim and their two daughters (one not much older than Ruby) were traveling through Oregon after Thanksgiving, and were lost, stranded in their car in the snow for nine days. They rationed what they had, burned tires for warmth and did all they could to stay alive and stay together. After seven days, James went to look for help, and Kati and the girls stayed in the car. Kati and her daughters were rescued. James' body was found two days later. Kati kept her daughters (4 years old and 7 months) alive by breastfeeding them. This story has broken the hearts of many Oregonians, and it's weighed heavy on my mind.

So as I rocked and sung to my sweet baby at 5 am on sunday morning, I thought of this family. As tired as I was, I was still in my warm house, with plenty to eat, and my husband was safe and alive sleeping (or trying to) in the bed next to me. My baby was warm, safe and her biggest concern was trying to fall back to sleep. Everything I hold dear was in it's place. Everyone I love more than life itself was safe. I have no reason to complain.

I just kept imagining this woman sitting in her car, trapped in the snow, watching the man she loves walk away. And the hours, upon hours waiting for his return, alone in the car, in the snow with her two babies. And I wept. I kissed Ruby and tears dropped on her sleeping face. I thanked the universe that my family is safe. And I prayed that in his last moments, James Kim somehow knew that his wife and daughters would be safe. That where ever he is now, he knows that his family made it home alive. Because I just can't bear to think otherwise.

May his soul rest in peace, and may his family find healing as time passes. Please hold your loved ones close tonight, and say a prayer (if you're the praying type) for this family.

I won't leave you with complete sadness, here's the fam at my work holiday party. Ruby came as Santa Clause.


Frogmorest said...

Thank you... thank you. We would all do well to remember that. I'll be thinking of them and you tonight as I sing and rock my babe during one of his *frequent* night wakings.

Tina said...

That is such a sad story. How well did that mummy do to keep her babies alive.

On a happier note, I love your latest family photo.

I really hope you have a very special first christmas together.

Kimberly said...

thank you for the reminder to count our blessings
love and kisses

Anonymous said...

What a sad story :( Praying for that family--for their comfort and peace.

Thank you for the reminder to count our blessings...Merry

Alexandria said...

Korin, thanks so much for expressing this. You describe my feelings as well. I too was heartbroken and still find it so sad I don't even want to talk about it. I find comfort in your words. Beautifully said, as always.


Rachel said...

Thank you. I just read that story last week but did not know the details. Gratitude is an amazing thing and I am so happy that you shared it with me today. I will pay it forward now.

Heide said...

Hey there, just gpt your comment on my blog... Ruby still eats every 2-3 hours?? Do you make her eat a full meal every time she nurses, or does she just snack sometimes? Right from Day 1 I tried to make sure that every time Del ate, she got full, so she could feel really full and go longer between meals. Supposedly at 4 months they can sleep 11-12 hours at night. And we do give her formula once a day, at her last meal before bedtime, since it digests slower and helps her sleep a bit longer. I know all babis are different though -- but with going back to work soon, I am so glad that Del has gotten into a rhythm of eating less at night!

And I just found this new blog from your Blogger profile -- I didn't know you had it!!!

Anonymous said...

I've been thinking about that family and that mama, too ... I look at my Boo & my Bug and I feel so very, very lucky ... I would hope that I could, but I'm not so sure I could be as brave as that mama was ... and thinking about the father ... to lose your spouse, the father of your children ... and in that horrible way ... you are right that we should all be counting our blessings (( hugs ))

Best Wishes! (sorry I've been away so long and jumping websites like a crazy woman - we're here now: and I'm rockin_granola on LJ when I post, too - in case you're like "who in the hell?")

Okay, didn't mean to write a novel ;-) Ruby is lovely, as ever!

- Kara

Devon said...

So true... my prayers are with their family.

Meanwhile--- AWWWW! Ruby Claus!!

Nichol said...

Well said. I felt much the same thing as the story was unfolding and kept looking at my family and being ever so thankful.