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Today, my friend Charlie was killed in a car accident at approximately 2PM when his car veered off the road into the woods. And I just realized that the last text message I sent him, as part of a texting conversation we were having earlier today, has a timestamp of exactly 1:59PM. MMT

#17861 (1) - Dec 5, 2013 by Bou - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (447) - No, that made me sleepy. (41)

Today, after they finalized budget cuts in our school district and downsized the Arts programs, I was called into the principal’s office at 7AM before classes started, and promptly laid off. This evening, I received 52 voicemails and 44 emails from my 9th and 10th grade students, telling me they are upset and that I’ll be missed. MMT

#17860 (1) - Dec 4, 2013 by Ellyn - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (426) - No, that made me sleepy. (38)

Today, I met a twelve-year-old girl with two prosthetic legs hiking near the summit of a 15,000-foot hike in Argentina. MMT

#17859 (0) - Dec 3, 2013 by Kenny - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (403) - No, that made me sleepy. (31)

Today, as a last resort, my patient's husband donated one of his kidneys to save his wife's life, but, due to unexpected complications, he lost his own life in the process. And his wife, my patient, is now expected to make a full recovery. MMT

#17858 (0) - Dec 2, 2013 by MDC - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (518) - No, that made me sleepy. (24)

Today, after 17 years of raising me as a single parent, my father still keeps a photo of my mom on his nightstand. The photo was taken 17 years ago - just one day before she passed away in the emergency room while giving birth to me. MMT

#17857 (0) - Dec 1, 2013 by Caya - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (450) - No, that made me sleepy. (14)

Today, just after I started to panic that my oldest son hadn’t properly addressed his responsibility for his brother’s funeral ceremony, it suddenly, violently struck me that it only takes two grown-ups to carry a casket that small. MMT

#17856 (0) - Nov 30, 2013 by Lost - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (383) - No, that made me sleepy. (37)

Today, my puppy got out of my apartment and wandered off. I was upset because I figured I’d never see him again. Within a few hours of posting flyers around the city I received a call from a man who found my puppy. It turned out the man was homeless and used change to call me from a payphone. He was REALLY nice and even bought a small bag of treats for my puppy. I bought the man dinner, gave him my shoes (his were really tattered), and gave him $100 as a reward. MMT

#17855 (1) - Nov 29, 2013 by DJ - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (576) - No, that made me sleepy. (36)

Today, I re-read the suicide letter I wrote on Thanksgiving 1993 about two minutes before my girlfriend showed up at my apartment and told me, “I’m pregnant.” She was honestly the only reason I didn’t follow through with it. Suddenly I felt I had something to live for. Today she’s my wife, and we’ve been happily married for 18 years. And my daughter, who is now a 19-year-old college student, has two younger brothers. I re-read my suicide letter every Thanksgiving as a reminder to be thankful – I am thankful I got a second chance at life. MMT

#17854 (1) - Nov 28, 2013 by gratefulguy - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (636) - No, that made me sleepy. (36)

Today, I married the girl of my dreams. I left for college at 18 and looked for her there. Nothing. I moved to New York City and looked for her there. Nothing. I moved to San Francisco and looked for her there. Nothing. Then last fall, exactly a year ago today, I returned home for Thanksgiving. My sister's best friend, whom I grew up with, joined us for dinner. And I found her. MMT

#17853 (2) - Nov 27, 2013 by kindledheart - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (621) - No, that made me sleepy. (51)

Today, I am ashamed that it took my daughter literally writing "counseling" on her Christmas wish list for me to realize that she needed professional help. MMT

#17852 (0) - Nov 26, 2013 by mamma - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (490) - No, that made me sleepy. (33)

Today, I have visited my dad’s grave every Sunday for the past year. When he was alive, living in a home four miles away, I visited him once a month at best. MMT

#17851 (0) - Nov 25, 2013 by LeavingSoon - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (413) - No, that made me sleepy. (26)

Today, after an illness related job loss last year, and a foreclosure last week, I had to break into my own home to get my medication that keeps me alive. MMT

#17850 (0) - Nov 24, 2013 by LittlGirl - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (414) - No, that made me sleepy. (44)

Today, when I installed a keystroke recorded on her laptop, because I was suspicious that she was acting very strange with me lately, even though she kept saying everything was fine… I never expected to read the first draft of her suicide letter that she thankfully hadn’t followed through with yet. MMT

#17849 (1) - Nov 23, 2013 by Anon - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (381) - No, that made me sleepy. (38)

Today, as I sat there in the hospital corridor, rubbing my hands over the burn scars on the left side my neck and feeling sorry for myself, some clarity and perspective came to me the moment a five-year-old, who was dying of cancer, came up and asked if I was OK. MMT

#17848 (0) - Nov 22, 2013 by loveonherarms - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (423) - No, that made me sleepy. (36)

Today, I passed out on the futon in my parent’s basement and woke up to a cop shining a flashlight in my eyes and telling his partner, “It’s looks like the gunman didn’t come down here." And now I’m sitting here in the ICU, hoping my mom makes it. MMT

#17847 (2) - Nov 21, 2013 by Gob - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (648) - No, that made me sleepy. (25)

Today, as I walked out of the courtroom smiling, I realized we each got what was important to us in the divorce settlement. I got our two children and she got pretty much everything else. MMT

#17846 (2) - Nov 20, 2013 by anonpete - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (590) - No, that made me sleepy. (35)

Today, when my religious grandpa, whom I love dearly, told me that he thought it was "disgusting for gays to get married," I realized that he would never want to be my best man. MMT

#17845 (0) - Nov 19, 2013 by Larry - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (400) - No, that made me sleepy. (67)

Today, after one totaled car, one surgery, $9,000, eight days of tube feeding and five seven sleepless nights, my 12-year-old son is now in stable condition. MMT

#17844 (1) - Nov 18, 2013 by JFoerse - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (346) - No, that made me sleepy. (30)

Today, six months after my husband died, I realized I was lonely when I started kissing the sides of my fish tank to say goodnight to my fish. MMT

#17843 (0) - Nov 17, 2013 by Anonymous - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (394) - No, that made me sleepy. (34)

Today, I asked my 94 year old grandmother, who I adore, what she thought life was all about and she said, "I don't think about those type of things. I just keep my eyes and ears wide open, and enjoy as much of right now as possible." MMT

#17842 (1) - Nov 16, 2013 by whit - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (334) - No, that made me sleepy. (25)

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