Never miss a chance to tell someone you love them my son

Never a miss a chance to let someone know that you love them, or let them know you care.  I can’t tell you the amount of times that I think about this, or something touches my heart and lets me know that life is precious.

I feel this goes even further sometimes, as I think about the importance of being thoughtful and genuinely caring for another person.  It feels likes too often we don’t see each other, but in some way we are all connected.

When you get older, you will look back on these words and understand the way I feel today.

The last time I was at the Sky Tower, holding your hand was something I thought would never happen.  But thats another story…….

I love you

Three words my son, but probably three of the most important words you have in your vocabulary.  There are other words like I’m sorry that hold just as much importance.

Never miss the chance to let someone you love know you love them.  These are not words to hold back from someone.  The reality of life as I have learnt is that life can change in a second, so don’t miss that chance to let someone know you care.  I love you, is so similar to a smile.  It comes with very little cost to you.  To say these words to someone you love, means the world to them.

When I grew up we didn’t say these words a lot, but I tell Koro (my papa) every time I see him now that I love him.  It is weird for me as this man who was such an image of strength for me as a child, looks vunerable when I say those three words to him.  I know he appreciates it every time.

[su_quote cite=”Winne the Pooh”]Some people care too much, I think it’s called love[/su_quote]

I tell you I love you every day Haeata even though you can’t say it back. It’s so important to say these words

Your world can change in a second

I am not here to scare you my boys, and that’s not the intention of this.  But I have to let you know that your life could change in a second.  So value every moment.  Always let someone know you love them.  Even if you are angry.  If you love them make sure they know it.

Over the last few months, I have seen so many moments that have broken my heart.  I have felt emotionally moved by articles from people who have lost everything, or who have found out that a family member is sick.  This has happened around us on so many occasions and it is heart breaking.

It is one of the reasons why I encourage you boys to live by these words below.  I don’t know if someone else has said them.  They probably have, but as I wrote them it reminded me of the importance of life and the world around you.

Live your life as an adventure
See the world’s beauty in every moment
Never cease to be amazed

Appreciate the people you love

All too often I take the people I love for granted.  I miss the opportunity to let them know that I care and there is never a wrong moment to tell someone how much they mean to you.

I’ve missed too many moments in my life to let someone know that they’ve meant the world to me.  That how they made me custard squares every time I would arrive at their home meant so much to me. (I love and miss you Grandma).  To make sure that I am thankful for the smallest things that someone I love does for me.  Like making my favourite dip, or being there when I need them, or just ringing me to let me know they are there for me.  (Thank you for always caring Mum).

Appreciate every person in your life my boys. Never miss a chance to say I love you.

With that I want to say;

I love you Mama, I know that I miss so many opportunities to tell you I care
That I have held these words from you when I have been angry when I know it is wrong
You are my world, you have created the happiness in my life
You’ve supported me to become the preson that I am today
I am sorry for missing opportunities to let you know I care
I love you Mama, to infinity and beyond (I had to add that for Rakeiora)


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  1. This is so heartwarming. Those three little words are words to live by. No matter what mood I’m in (frustrated, happy, sad, or mad) I make a point to tell my son and my husband I love them.

  2. This is so sweet and so powerful! It is so important that we take the time to appreciate those around us that we love most. So beautifully written!

  3. I think about this often too – how any moment could be the last moment you share with someone, and it is so important to share that love you have for them. We try to tell our kids how much we love them all the time, and I hope they will grow to do the same. Thanks for sharing ❤️

    1. I think it is something as a parent it seems to become more of a reality. For us it’s about appreciating each other.

      Thank you so much for your comment Casey

  4. So right – everything can change within a moment and you never know when that moment will be! It’s so important to appreciate each other and not take anything for granted <3

  5. This a great message to pass along to my children. Sometimes I feel that we get so wrapped up in our own lives and our own minds that we take people for granted. This is kind of like a reminder to let those people who are truly important to us know they they are loved. A Great Message

  6. So many of us take so much for granted each and every day that we often can overlook the importance of appreciating those we love and being grateful to have them in our lives. This is a great post to remind us that we should always express our love and appreciation to those who are closest to us.

  7. So important to remember to tell your kids you love them and to protect them.but also let them know about he world aroundthenmoment important to live in the moment and remember how special if really is.

  8. I was just talking to my husband about how we truly don’t know how much time we have. I try to show my kids everyday how much i love them so they’ll always know that!

    1. Thank you Sarah. I think it is a conversation we all have as parents. I think we know what life is about when we bring these little gifts into the world.

  9. Too many people take life & loved ones for granted. I’ve had a lot of grief in my life and I realize how important it is to constantly tell others how much they mean to you.

  10. That was a great reminder. We often take the people will love for granted and we need to stop doing that.

  11. I tell to my son that I love him like thousands of times per day:P also I like to tell it to my husband. I can’t imagine going to sleep without saying it

  12. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing. It really is such an important 3 words! I will def remember this and remind myself to say it more often to my loved ones! Thank you!

  13. Such a good reminder! Tomorrow is not promised us and we need to make our days count. It can be so easy to be caught up in busyness and not appreciate the people right in front of us and to forget to tell them how much we care.

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