...today was one of those days that included a lot of hugging. My great-aunt passed away on Friday and the funeral was held today. It was a death that brought together a lot of people who hadn't seen each other in a very, very long time. It felt like a reunion of sorts -- death brings people together like that.
All of this reminded me of one simple thing -- life is short.
My mother has been telling me for years that I'm not particularly affectionate; a trait I inherited from my father's side of the family perhaps. Regardless, it's something that has been echoed by those closest to me in the last few years and something that I have actively tried to improve.
Think about the last time you really hugged someone --Held on for a moment longer then you normally would. Of course chatting with your loved ones regularly is extremely important, but my Dad threw out a little "actions speak louder than words" after the funeral that really rang true. There is telling someone you care about them and then there is showing them. Through a hug, a visit, an overdue phone, or even a "how was your day" text.
I seem to have the daily check-in texts down, so I think I'll focus on the hugs for now. Don't be alarmed if I go in for the real thing the next time I see you. Nothing says I love you like a good squeeze.