Summer Days  

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Summer is supposed to be a nice time when you can get together with family and friends and enjoy a barbecue or a ball game with some ice cream and an iced tea (or a beer). It's about enjoying the ability to be outside and doing things when everybody has a little break from stuff.

OK so not many people get a break during the summer from work, but it is a time when the kiddos are off school so they get to complain that there is nothing to do all summer long until the last week. Then they find about 100 things to do and complain on the night before school starts again that the summer went by too dang fast.

I've noticed an unfortunate part of my end of summer days. It's the anniversary of many friends and family that have passed on. To say that it leaves me with a feeling of melancholy is sometimes an understatement. I realized that as I'm getting older the list of people I've said goodbye to is growing (and much too quickly).

On the all powerful facebook I saw a friend from a post remembering a friend of ours that passed some 21 years ago. It was followed by a post from one of his friends talking of a friend that passed within days of that person but 2 years later. This was followed by another and another. I didn't realize it until I was reading that post that I knew about 10 people that have passed within a few days of each other and a dozen years apart.

That of course got me to thinking of other friends I've lost over the years. Not to mention family. I'm from an Italian family and one thing we know how to do is well have big families. Many memories are of older relatives from my childhood. They would all sit around at my cousins house for a family get together eating pasta and arguing. Looking back it was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

It also got me to thinking about all the things left unsaid between me and my friends and family that have passed. I am fortunate that my list is not all that long, but nonetheless there are regrets for comments not made (and even for a few made in haste).

The only point I have to this rambling post is remember that our time is short and it's precious. Use it wisely and never take any of it for granted. I received a sharp reminder of that from a simple post this morning and I will make sure I'm talking to mom and dad today. Funny how it doesn't take much to get us moving in the right direction.

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5 comments

More than the things I didn't say, I regret some things I have said and can never take back.

August 29, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Oh man! I know just what you are talking about. So many people have come and gone. Some of them friends, some family, but each left a mark of some type.

August 30, 2011 at 12:33 AM

Ms. A - I'm sure we all have a few of those...But I sure do regret the times I had a chance to say something and didn't and now it's just too late.

Pat...you got that right..they all left their own little mark on our world...

August 31, 2011 at 12:03 AM

I agree... things unsaid or undone are the worst regret I have. These past couple of years I've made an effort to make more of my life and let people know how much they are valued.

September 11, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Is that our Kristy coming around to post??? wonderful to hear from you :)

September 17, 2011 at 12:02 AM

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