This is truth. I no longer have either a father or a mother. In fact, it has been 12 years since I had either. When friends complain about their parents or choose to spend little to no time with them, I am tempted (and I resist) to say, “Hey, they won’t be here forever and you’ll miss them more than you might now in this moment of annoyance or even full-on pain. If you can, maybe cut them some slack.”

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