Some people just happen in our lives. We don’t always realize how important they are to us, or how much we care. Some of them impact our lives in a profound way and we never give it much thought.
For 15 months, Nikki Hodge welcomed us with a smile and an enthusiastic good morning when we arrived at King’s Kids Daycare. She became a part of our lives as she always asked my older daughter about her life in high school and as she cared for Morgan during the first part of the day. She made me feel comfortable about leaving even as Morgan was crying because she thought she didn’t want to stay. She was always the one who comforted Morgan during those early months of daycare.
Then, one day I noticed she was gone, but I thought she was just taking a vacation. As time passed, I realized Nikki wasn’t coming back. I wish I had had the opportunity to thank her and tell her goodbye.
Early Saturday morning, Nikki left this world following an automobile accident late Friday night. As I write this, tears are falling from my eyes. Nikki, I never had the opportunity to tell you how special it was to see you love on my daughter as she cried and comforting her when I couldn’t. I never took the time to say thank you for being interested in Jacy’s life, too. Your death has left us with only the memories, but ones we will cherish. We will remember your smile, your compassion and your service.
We miss you and we love you. May you rest in peace with our Father in Heaven and may we see you again one day.
Let us take the time TODAY to thank those people in our lives who have blessed us.