07 July 2009

The Value of Existence

The value of existence varies.

When existence is threatened, our perception of its value changes.

An animal that's endangered or close to extinction attracts far more attention than one that is not. Similarly, a person who is dying receives a lot more time from dear ones compared to when hale and hearty.

Same goes with Vera. Before she was born, we had intended to put her with a nanny while both of us continued to work. Now, given her expected shortened life span, time with her seems to take on far greater value. Also, by being the rare 10% to survive beyond infancy, she is giving us time. How can we not do the same? I often remind myself that while others have a lifetime in the 'country' of their children, Vera is but visiting us on a holiday. She deserves to have the time of her life.

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