By X. •
For us, Schoenstatt means attachment with other families. Recently, I experienced this attachment with other families in a very special way.
On a Monday morning, I suddenly felt severe stomach pains, and I felt like vomiting several times. Since the pain and nausea did not improve, I suspected that it was appendicitis, and so I called my husband. He came straight home from work and immediately took me to the hospital, since I could barely stand. After some tests, it was clear that my assumption was correct and surgery was necessary. Since I am still breastfeeding my baby, he stayed with me at the hospital, and after the surgery, they transferred us to the maternity ward, since the beds there are adequate for mothers with babies.
While my son slept, I remained awake on the hospital bed and reflected on the previous day. From my vantage point, I had a good view of the railroad tracks and the city lights. Everything seemed surreal; I thought that the people in the city continued with their normal life, meanwhile, I felt I was on an island, where time passed in a different way.
A message on the cell phone
Suddenly I received a message on my cellphone; it was my friend. Our families have been friends for some time. We have known each other since our youth, and we are mutually our children’s godparents.
We also work together in the Schoenstatt Family Work. I had not had a chance to tell my friend about my surgery, since everything happened so quickly.
She wrote to me asking if we could keep them in mind and pray for them, since she was at the hospital with her daughter, who had respiratory problems. I answered immediately, I asked her what floor they were on, and I told her I was also at the hospital with my youngest son. It turned out they were in the same wing of the hospital on the pediatric ward some floors below. Despite the situation in the hospital not being the most pleasant for either one of us, we felt very united at this moment and this was simply good for us.
I believe that on that night both of us were very grateful for this attachment and for the feeling of knowing that in these situations we can always count on someone who is close to us.