Every time I’m at my kitchen sink I am reminded of Jill. For my birthday this past year she gave me, along with my favorite bottle of Fireside wine, this beautiful sun catcher! This picture doesn’t do the colors in this sun catcher justice…it’s just so pretty! It’s a little hard to read in the picture too…it says, “There’s nothing better than a good friend…except a good friend with wine.”
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of my friend. I catch myself thinking at different times, “I need to share this with Jill…” I catch myself looking for her Explorer when I pull up to the Middle School to pick up Zach. I get stopped in my tracks when I see an Explorer like hers coming towards me on a road. I think of her when I see a bottle of Fireside wine. Even though we were good friends, I don’t think she knew what am impact she made on me and how she influenced my days and my life! Why didn’t I tell her so?
I ran into Jill’s sister Robin last evening at soccer practice. She was waiting for Alex as I was waiting for Zach. It did my heart good to see her again. I can see how her and Jill’s sister relationship was extremely strong! What a blessing that must have been for Robin! I can only imagine how hard losing Jill has been for her.
May I make a suggestion? Let’s stop for a couple minutes today…and write down somewhere all the people in our lives that we are thankful for. Then each day this week, take a moment to tell someone on that list how thankful we are for them. Either with a phone call, in person, a hand written note, etc. I wish I would have done that for Jill. But I can do it now for the people in my life NOW. I can make someone else feel important by telling them how very special they are to me and how very thankful I am that he/she is in my life! Will you join me in doing that this week? Who knows…it might feel so good for us to do that…we might just get hooked! 🙂