Wait! Let me kiss you!
While leaving the library the other day, I saw a family of four going their separate ways. The mother and toddler - okay so maybe he was about four years old, but he still toddled - were on their way to a function for the little tykes, and the older kids (probably high school aged) were about to go off and do their thing.
Just as I walked between them, I nearly tripped over the little one as he ran after his brothers yelling, "Wait! Let me kiss you!" There was a look of dismay plastered on his face. He couldn't believe that he'd almost forgotten.
I couldn't help but smile. Then I thought: when was the last time I refused to let a loved one leave my presence before making sure they knew how I felt, that I loved them dearly.
A simple kiss, a little hug, or a brief word of encouragment is sometimes precisely what I need to make it through the day. I can only imagine how those I hold dear to my heart would feel if they were on the receiving end.
Here are few simple suggestiong to show your friends and loved ones that you care:
- Call your loved one in the middle of the day or a time when you know he won't be able to answer the phone. Leave a brief message saying that you just wanted to let him know that you thought of him.
- Rent her favorite movie - even though you hate it - and watch it together without saying, "This movie is so stupid!" or "I can't believe you actually like this."
- Rearrange your busy schedule to spend time with the people who are important to you. You only get one chance - once the moment is over, its gone forever.
I once heard someone say that love isn't love until you give it away. To me, that's like saying, your loved ones don't know you love them until you show them.
I plan to be more intentional about letting the important people in my life know that they play such a vital role. Don't be surprised if the next time you see me, I'm running after someone saying, "Wait! Let me kiss you!"
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