It’s so important to spend time with loved ones while you can, before it’s too late. Getting over petty disagreements, appreciating one another, loving and caring about one another…as the song goes, telling each other how we feel “in the living years” rather than dealing with guilt after the fact because we failed to take that time while we had it.
My darling hubby Dave, in these early stages of grief over losing his younger brother, Doug, posted this today on his Facebook timeline:
“Another morning, another fleeting moment wishing I was waking from a terrible dream.
Thanks again to everyone for all your much needed support.
I urge everyone with a sibling to make an effort to spend some time together, like you did when you were young – what you do probably won’t matter as much as the time spent.
Don’t realize that you’ve drifted too far apart after it’s too late to do anything about it.”
In conjunction with what Dave wrote this morning with the admonishment “to make an effort to spend some time together,” I thought I’d also share a poem I wrote in Sept. 2011. While it’s about my parents, you could take the thoughts and apply them to any loved one you have in your life…before it’s too late!
Tribute to My Parents:
Who Needs to Hear “I love you” Today?
Nine years ago today, I lost my Dad,
the first most beloved man in my life.
Two months ago, in July, I lost my Mom –
now they’re reunited, loving husband and wife.
Last month, in August, I sat by their graves,
visiting their earthly resting place.
I know their spirits don’t reside there –
instead, they see each other and their Lord, face to face.
I can’t believe they’re both gone –
my siblings and I, emotional orphans –
but our parents are no longer in pain.
Cancer ravaged their bodies and took them,
God welcomed them home –
and some day, we will see them again.
Sometimes we grow complacent,
hold grudges, or worse,
And neglect to tell loved ones how much we care…
We should take time to make amends,
say “I love you” while we can,
before our loved ones are no longer there.
Thank God for His mercy and grace –
He granted time with both parents
Before they went peacefully on their way…
I would encourage you to ponder these words
and ask yourself,
who needs to hear “I’m sorry” and “I love you” today?
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Is there someone in your life you need to make amends with today?
Have you recently lost someone? (If so, my condolences!)
Thanks to all who have expressed sympathy, thoughts, and prayers… we appreciate them!