I wrote this for The Dad Letters in honor of the anniversary of the death of a friend. My goal was to show my kids that beyond the cliché that there’s plenty we take for granted, is that you don’t always realize what to be thankful for, or what you’ll miss, until it isn’t around.
Here’s an excerpt:
The point of this letter is to tell you that you’re going to make lots of friends in this life, and most of them will only be with you for a season. The way you spend the different seasons of your life will dictate the type of people that you find yourself surrounded by, and what meaning comes from the moments that you spend together. Pay attention to the quirks and idiosyncrasies of those around you. Cherish them. The thing you thought was strangely amusing at the time will be the thing you reflect on, and ultimately miss most when their season with you comes to pass.