As yet another has left this earthly life I am reminded that sometimes I don't make that call or pick up the phone or send a text or say I love you to the people in my life often enough. I come from big families. My parents collectively had 9 siblings and that made for a LOT of first cousins. My dad was the oldest and I was the oldest grand on that side, my mom was #2 in her family had two nephews and a niece when I was born... But in total my brother and I had 22 first cousins we grew up with. 4 of them are deceased. All younger than me. And having come from such a large family I have seen so many people die.
I was still pretty young when I lost Christopher, who was just 17 at the time he died in an accident. But it was certainly a wake up call for how I live my life. I say I love you. There are literally people I met here in the rain that I talk to on the phone that I say "I love you" to when we hang up. There are others that I don't (their spouse might not appreciate it so I don't). But it's not a romantic kind of thing, it's a friendship kind of thing.
I am grateful for and love the friends in my life. So if we're chatting on the phone one day and "love ya, bye" pops out of my mouth.... I meant to say it. I do love people I meet and get to know. It's not a habit, it's a thought. I'm grateful for the numerous people I've met on this platform that I can call to pick their brain about something, vent to because they understand more than other friends in my life who aren't in the business, and those I've been lucky enough to meet in person I'm ever so glad we have those friendships.
I'm not going to tag anyone.... but know that among the things I am grateful for in my life my friends and family are right up top next to God. I believe I was put in your path or you were put into mine for a purpose.
May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving, hold your family a little tighter and express freely to your friends that you LOVE them. It's easier than you think.