No matter your age, the parental link can nourish your path for life. If your parents are still living, have you spoken with them today to ask what’s on their mind and to include them in your world?
With only the occasional exception, from wherever I am in the country, I’ve phoned my mom and dad every evening for the past 25 years. The conversations are rarely long––sometimes no more than a couple of minutes––just long enough for them to know I’m thinking of them and thankful for the upbringing they’ve given me.
So what do we talk about so frequently?
- What did the president say/Congress do (or not do) today?
- What happened in the stock market? I haven’t had time to check.
- What have you been doing. How was your day?
- I’ve had a rotten day, fighting with computer crashes. Here’s what else has happened. ….
- What’s going on with the rest of the family this week?
- When’s your next doctor’s appointment?
- Have you heard from Aunt Cill?
- I’m trying to make a decision about X. What are your thoughts on this deal?
The questions and topics really don’t matter. The reason for the call is simply to communicate interest, show concern, and offer support.
But as I’ve come to realize through the years, the daily communication with parents and family members is not so much for THEIR well-being as for yours and mine.
I’m thankful for family and friends. How about you?
By the way, who else do YOU need to call this week? Happy Thanksgiving!