I live far away from my family, and though I talk to my parents almost everyday I miss them terribly. And tonight, I wish my dad could be here with me.
One of my dearest friends in New York — anywhere really, lost her mother last night. She passed away as my girlfriends and I were on our way to visit. And when we arrived at the hospital, all I could do was think of my dad and how he would know just what to say. He was a minister when I was growing up, and he has this natural ability to calm people in the most horrible circumstances. In my opinion, it’s one of his most prized gifts.
I’m so lucky because both of my parents are just a phone call away. And though it doesn’t seem like much on the days I miss them, I realize on days like this that I am so blessed to know that I’ll visit them again soon or that Dad will fly up for Christmas. I’m also thankful for mobile-to-mobile phone calls and free nationwide long distance, seriously.
My friend’s mother was in terrible pain, but she knew just how much she was loved by her only daughter. And there is no doubt in my mind that the love was returned equally.
If you love someone, tell them. Don’t assume they know, and don’t shy away from saying it because life is a gift. And part of that gift is knowing that there’s someone in the world who will love you unconditionally.
I want to be an example of someone who loves without conditions and isn’t afraid to say it. I love you Dad…and I love you too Mom. And I love you Sis…And I hope I show you daily…
If you’re a person who prays, I know I’ve asked a lot of you lately…but please pray for my friend today…this week…and in the coming weeks. Thanks..