Wait! Let me kiss you!

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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."
  3. 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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