The reason why we say “I love you” once off the phone or departing from a visit is that it could be our last time to say that to them. We treat it like it’s our final goodbye. If we didn’t say, “I love you” and then suddenly they pass. We’ll live with this huge regret not telling them that we loved them.

It’s a whirlwind of torture blowing in your mind thinking they truly haven’t been laid to rest not knowing that we loved them. Not hearing that last, “I love you.”

So, then we look to the sky, screaming at the top of our lungs, “I love you!” In hopes, you hear it. Hoping it’ll put you in peace. Hoping it eases our minds. We need that comfort. That’s why we do it. We can’t go on living like they never truly knew how we felt about them. That’s why it’s so important to always say those words. The ever-flowing waterfall of tears eventually become a drought. Your thoughts cycle a new perspective.

Life is evanescent. Death is eternal. So we must treat everyone with precious care.

Published in memoirs, poems
  1. Derra Nicole Sabo 11 months ago

    This is beautiful Jen 💜 Heartfelt and true.

  2. Stacia Stall 11 months ago

    As a parent this takes a whole new meaning, and is such a harsh reality. Lovely.

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      Jen Van Houten 11 months ago

      Thank you, Stacia. This thought came to my mind when my grandpa was put into hospice. I made sure to tell him every time I visited him there that I loved him before he passed.

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