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Today, when I asked my 16-year-old daughter how she was doing, she said, “My life ever since dad’s death has been lived with an asterisk next to every soccer practice, every family dinner, and all the little events that would have been better had he been there.” MMT

#17896 (3) - Jan 9, 2014 by Nelle - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (331) - No, that made me sleepy. (26)

Today, my 77-year-old grandfather uses a wooden cane to help him get around. Sixteen years ago, my then 34-year-old late father used that very same cane when he became ill with cancer. MMT

#17895 (0) - Jan 8, 2014 by Anonymous - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (233) - No, that made me sleepy. (20)

Today, exactly 6 months after my wife of 44 years passed away at the age of 72, our son and I cleared out the final batch of her old belongings from the attic. In an old box, I found a diary I never knew she kept. One of her final entries, dated a couple days after I proposed to her, reads: “I’m pregnant now with my finance's child, so I will never get to be with the man who is the mirror of my soul.” MMT

#17894 (4) - Jan 7, 2014 by andycohens - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (633) - No, that made me sleepy. (28)

Today, after his death, with tears streaming down my face, I called his voicemail one last time just to hear his voice. And after the beep, without even thinking about it, I blurted out, “I’m sorry! I wouldn't have been such a jerk if I had known I would never see you again.” MMT

#17893 (0) - Jan 6, 2014 by onlytears - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (315) - No, that made me sleepy. (19)

Today, my mom told me that she never expected herself to survive to see the 10 year anniversary of the day they told her my dad had been killed in Iraq. "I was so depressed for so long," she said. "But I had a six-year-old son - you - who needed me. So I held on somehow, and now I'm so happy I did." MMT

#17892 (0) - Jan 5, 2014 by DC - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (313) - No, that made me sleepy. (21)

Today, I’ve acted like I’ve hated him for years for being an arrogant jerk and dreamed of hitting him on many occasions, but all my anger just melted away instantly when I learned my brother was dying for real. MMT

#17891 (0) - Jan 4, 2014 by missy - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (316) - No, that made me sleepy. (24)

Today, as I waited for the train to arrive, tears rolling down my cheeks in the freezing cold, I felt the dreams of a life with the only man I ever loved exploding over and over again like a re-run of some hollowed tragedy. And as I sat there feeling sorry for myself, I suddenly realized that the woman sitting on the bench opposite of me was crying too. I listened as she wept into her phone, “The doctors says it’s at Stage 4, it’s in several of my organs, and there’s not much they can do to stop it.” MMT

#17890 (1) - Jan 3, 2014 by hena - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (475) - No, that made me sleepy. (22)

Today, as I lay on the operating room table, I held my breath to watch the heart rate monitor slow down and then let it go to watch it speed up again. Over the past 18 months, as I have fought hard with leukemia, this has become one of the weird simple pleasures that gives me joy. MMT

#17889 (0) - Jan 2, 2014 by Jadeyfaz - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (361) - No, that made me sleepy. (25)

Today is the first day of 2014, the first day I am a widower, and the first day of my fatherhood. My wife passed away giving birth to our son just before midnight last night. MMT

#17888 (4) - Jan 1, 2014 by powerhse - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (616) - No, that made me sleepy. (27)

Today, at 31 years of age and after two years of unsuccessful, but continual infertility treatments I was called in to the doctors. Instead of hearing that we were finally pregnant, I found out that I have Stage 4 cancer and only a few months to live. The brevity of life and unfairness of it all MMT.

#17887 (1) - Jan 1, 2014 by cancersucks - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (545) - No, that made me sleepy. (26)

Today, it’s been almost 20 years since she lost her hearing when she was 17-years-old. When she came into my apartment this evening and looked at my stereo, she told me her favorite song is “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, and that she still loves the song today. She said she can hear the harmonies in her mind and feel the beep under her skin. And then, almost flawlessly, she sang the first two verses to me as we slow danced in the living room. MMT

#17886 (1) - Dec 31, 2013 by Tonyy - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (346) - No, that made me sleepy. (29)

Today, in downtown Chicago, I saw a homeless man help a young man in a business suit after he slipped on ice and landed hard on his back. The homeless man helped the young man up and then collected the papers that had fallen out of the young man’s briefcase. Both men then stood their talking to each other for a couple minutes, and then the young man took off his heavy leather jacket and handed it to the homeless man just before jumping in a cab. MMT

#17885 (0) - Dec 30, 2013 by sammi - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (459) - No, that made me sleepy. (12)

Today, ten years after we had a silly one-night stand at a high school graduation party in San Francisco, and two years after we randomly ran into each other at a business conference in Miami (after not seeing each other since the graduation party), I asked her to marry me in Chicago. And she said, “Yes!” MMT

#17884 (0) - Dec 29, 2013 by engaged - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (328) - No, that made me sleepy. (76)

Today, I read the final entry in my mom’s journal that she wrote over the past year as she slowly lost her battle with cancer. It simply reads: “You can’t force things to happen the way you want them to. You can only drive yourself crazy trying. At some point you have to let go and let what's meant to be, BE.” MMT

#17883 (0) - Dec 28, 2013 by sp - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (337) - No, that made me sleepy. (12)

Today, as I rested my head on my father’s shoulder and cried about the stress I’m dealing with in school – my grades, the bullies, my anxieties, etc. – my dad rubbed my back and said, “Jamie, you have to remember that happiness begins to arrive when you stop over-thinking your problems and you start being grateful for all the problems you don't have.” MMT

#17882 (1) - Dec 27, 2013 by jamie - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (363) - No, that made me sleepy. (27)

Today, Christmas came and went and I didn’t even realize it. That’s because Christmas doesn't come when you're sitting in a hospital room praying that your only son wakes up from a coma. MMT

#17881 (1) - Dec 26, 2013 by waiting - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (400) - No, that made me sleepy. (24)

Today, the local charity representative that has been collecting money outside the supermarket where I work told me that so far this holiday season he has received “significantly more” donations from teenagers and young adults than he has from older generations. MMT

#17880 (0) - Dec 25, 2013 by roney44 - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (334) - No, that made me sleepy. (13)

Today, as I struggled with last minute shopping lists and holiday travel plans, compounded by December’s frigid weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in my life who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom I am worth the same. MMT

#17879 (1) - Dec 24, 2013 by len - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (233) - No, that made me sleepy. (55)

Today, at 7-Eleven, a young kid begged his father who was in front of me in line for two quarters. His father gave him four quarters. The kid then quickly walked up to the counter and placed each quarter, one at a time, into a donation cup that said, “Buy a hungry child a meal this holiday season.” MMT

#17878 (0) - Dec 23, 2013 by GB - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (397) - No, that made me sleepy. (15)

Today, I found out that due to a cervical infection I’d never be able to bear my own children. For as long as I can remember, I never thought I wanted kids, but this afternoon I found myself crying as I watched my neighbor’s children playing outside. I just never imagined I wouldn't have a choice. MMT

#17877 (0) - Dec 22, 2013 by marcy - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (376) - No, that made me sleepy. (31)

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