Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the day our beautiful Nana passed away. Two years of picking up the phone to call her and realizing she wouldn’t answer. Two years of not being able to send her flowers on her wedding anniversary, birthday and Mother’s Day. Two years of not planning to surprise her by showing up at her door. Two years of missing the greatest human being to ever walk the planet.
If I had 5 more minutes, I would:
- Thank her for loving me unconditionally.
- Have my daughters shower her with love.
- Take more pictures and videos of her.
- Ask her to sing “Bushel and a Peck” just once more.
- Give her a hug that was long enough to memorize.
- Tell her over and over again how much she meant to us all.
- Fill her tiny room with bright, colorful flowers.
- Set up one last bingo game and make sure she wins the jackpot.
- Hold her hand and memorize every wrinkle.
- Catch her up on everything she’s missed.
- Play 500 rummy or rummy cube with her.
- Dance with her.
- Take her on a walk.
- Polish her nails for her.
- Apologize to her for those that didn’t give her the closure she deserved.
- Tell her that I’m living my best life for her.
- Prepare a meal with her favorite foods.
- Assure her that we will never forget her.
- Show her the pillows we had made out of her favorite clothes.
- Ask her what heaven is like and how Papa is.
- Ask her for forgiveness for anything I might’ve done to hurt her feelings.
- Tell her how much I love her.
- Promise her that we will all make her proud.
- Make sure she knew just how much we all appreciate her.
- Ask for 5 more minutes.
Nana was our rock. She was beautiful and kind and incredibly funny. She was the first person I called when I had good news to share. She was everything to us and it’s been the hardest two years of our lives.
No matter how busy life gets, always make time for your loved ones. They can be taken from you in an instant. Say what you need to say. Shower them with love. Don’t let 5 minutes pass without telling them just how much you love them. Before it’s too late and you are begging for 5 more minutes.
If you had 5 more minutes with someone you lost, what would you do?
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