Today I went through several hundred cards and notes, most sent to me by my mom from my College years.
Several months ago, when I had received a birthday card and father's day card from my mom within a close proximity of days, both in June, I threw both cards away. A person staying in our home said to me casually something close to:
I have reflected often on that comment from months ago, and profoundly today, as I went through a box with items over two decades old."I wonder what it's like to have so many cards of affirmation, that you simply throw them away . . . ."
My parents deeply loved - and love - me and my siblings.
I literally can not fathom who I would be - with self-confidence, self-understanding, relationally - as a human! - separate from their love.
I hope I express as much love, as frequently, to all those that I love.