Appreciate every single second that you’re spending with the people you love. We so often take for granted that lives have a certain longevity, but the ephemeral nature of life is glaring. My grandmother’s funeral was today and I was struck by the fact that she was noticeably absent. I know that seems like the most obvious statement in the world, but I mean she’s always been at every major event forever. It was like going to a family reunion and missing the most important member: the matriarch of the Howell line that kept everyone together. She was a force to be reckoned with. She could say anything to anyone and it would be okay because that was just her. She was the person who you knew would always be there for you, no matter what. The person who would call to say she loved you and was proud of you if you rocked something or more importantly if you failed it. She was my definition of family and the most giving and compassionate grandmother I could’ve asked for.
“The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.” Joseph B Wirthlin
Stop to shop with your mom, or go for lunch with your dad, or play with your cousins, or chat with your aunts. Spend that time to know the amazing things the older people in your family have done namely your grandparents. You don’t know how long you’ll have the chance to do any of those things, so seize day so you can be content knowing you spent enough time with them when they’re gone. I appreciate you all and I’m thankful for the daily chance that you provide me to sprinkle a little happiness ♥️