Call Someone You Love

This past weekend I traveled to the southern part of my state to run in my first (EVER) 10K road race, which I can’t wait to tell you more about very soon. While there I spent the night with family and visited with my 84-year old grandmother. It would have been so easy to tell her we didn’t have time to stop because we had other things to do on our way home, which was two hours away. I mean, we literally had to drive past her street after leaving my aunt’s home where Cody and I spent the night before my big race. While there are no video games or other fun things to do at my Nana’s apartment, especially if you’re a teenager, she is there and stopping to visit with her was important to me and so we did.  We all just sat and visited while talking about random stuff, including the football game on her television because she is a New England sports fan afterall.

Call Someone You Love

Several days ago on Facebook a friend wrote a heartbreaking post about how she had the best intentions to return a call to her grandmother, but never followed through because life simply got in the way. I have a feeling we can all relate to that. She shared how she then got the devastating call that her beloved grandmother had passed away and how she was filled with pain and regret for not making that one phone call, the one we always think we’ll have time for later. I know because I have been there myself. Just a couple weeks before seeing my friends emotional post I stood with the phone in my hand thinking about all the things I needed to do instead of calling my grandmother, who I hadn’t talked to in over a month. I decided at that moment to call her and worry about the other stuff later because it all could wait. I can honestly say I never regretted making that call to my grandmother. I never regretted having to do all my mundane chores a little later than I planned to. We must have talked for over an hour about anything and everything and nothing at all, but I have that tucked away in my memory forever. Please don’t allow yourself to ever feel the agony my friend must have felt when she got that phone call before she had the chance to call her grandmother one last time. I wish with all my heart I could turn back the time for her, but I can’t so as long as I still have my own grandmother I will keep her story in my heart and in my mind as a constant reminder to not put off connecting with someone who means so much to me. Or anyone else I care about for that matter.

If there is someone in your life you haven’t talked to in a while I beg you to pick up the phone and make that call because you truly never know when it will be too late.

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