The holidays are here. And I think of my mother who is no longer with me. She passed away just last year. I miss her so much. I wish she was here to share the joy of the season. I think of those holiday fruit cakes she would give me as a Christmas gift every year (I never told her I didn’t like them), and that brings a chuckle to me.

I think of my dog, Bisquit, who passed away 4 years ago. And my dog, Roxie, who passed away 7 years ago. I think of my friends and co-workers who no longer are here and who touched my life in one way or another.

This got me thinking about all the people out there who also have loved ones no longer with them. I’m sure they also think of them during this holiday season.

And that’s okay to remember them. Because they helped to make us who we are today. When we remember them, a piece of them lives inside us. Bring the memories back….the laughter you shared with them, the experiences you enjoyed with them, and the special moments together that made you smile.

Let’s also remember to appreciate the family and friends we can connect with now this holiday season. Remember to do that…..whether through a phone call, sending a card, sharing a nice breakfast visit with, taking a walk with, shopping with, or any other way to create new memories.

“If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together,
keep me in your heart.  I’ll stay there forever.”

~ A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh


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