My brother and his wife (the nicest person in our family) lost their eldest son this week. So Memorial Day is one where my nephew’s family has many memories of him in our thoughts and in our conversations.
Yes, it is Memorial Day, a time to remember those who have gone before us … especially those in the armed forces. And I hope you spend a little time and consider those memories.
Then, you think about going and spending an hour with someone you love. Plant some flowers together, drink a glass of tea together, talk about something that is important to you, play some dominoes. And tell them you love them when you leave.
Don’t miss times you can tell the people you love that they matter to you. Don’t miss the times you can sit in the car and laugh for a bit. Don’t miss their birthday. Send a card, call them, or stop by. This week woke me up that it’s time to stop making excuses. Be there for those you love and those who love you.
My daughter came straight to my house on the morning Heath died, my son drove home and stayed for two nights. My cousins and parents and friends have been very good to me. I thank everyone who does such a good job being there for their friends and family. You are all wonderful. We will be fine, but if you have a moment, please say a prayer for my brother and his wife, kids, and grandkids. And for others who are hurting for some reason or another.
Life isn’t easy. But good friends and loving family make it better.