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Not one day goes by that I don’t think of my parents. Sometimes, I experience something amazing, and I want to share it.
I instantly think of my mom. Other times, I can’t remember some little thing about history or some anecdotal story I remember my dad telling me while I was younger and I want to ask him about it. The thought is immediate and auto-responsive but puts a gray cloud over my moment and something, my day. But, I can’t talk to my parents because both already passed away.
My brothers and I lost our mother in 2012 to breast cancer and the next year, in 2013, we lost our father to cancer-related illness and complications as well. It’s hard for my brothers and me because, though we’re all adults in our mid to late thirties, we don’t have the wisdom of our parents to guide us.
What makes it worse is when we see other people, our age and younger, choosing not to speak with their parents. Or worse yet, fighting with their parents. Sure, we’re all human, and we vex each other like nothing else, but there is not one thing I’d not give to talk to my mom and dad again.
Spending time with the ones you love and those who love you in return is so very essential for creating memories that you will take until your final days. If you’re not speaking with your parents or loved ones now or often, make a point to do so. The last thing you want to regret is you didn’t take the time now. If you’re luckier than my brothers and I, your parents will live a long and happy life.
However, as they age, they may lose some of their mental capacity, which can be painful to watch. So, talk to them now, while they are here in body and mind. Learn their wisdom and love them as they’ve loved you.