Today I turn another year older.
And like New Years, I often find that birthdays make you reflect upon your life and your past. Especially in relation to family; and like Denise’s post about family memories I think about my own familial memories.
And since it’s Movember, I reflect on memories about the men in my family.
But, I don’t have any.
*Well – that’s not completely true. I have my dad, and of course a million wonderful memories to accompany him!
Both my grandfathers passed away before my brother OR I were born. Cancer for one, heart disease for the other.
I loved my grandmother immensely, and appreciate her for the spectacular woman that she was. Strong, independent, daring. She was a woman not to be trifled with and to be admired.
But I know I missed out on something.
I’ve heard stories about those two amazing men. But I never got to meet them. Never got to spend time with them. Never got to have them watch my dance performances, or tell them about my life, or rejoice about my schooling.
I never got to hear their voices or give them a hug.
So what would be the one thing I want to stress to men about their health and why it’s important?
Men – you want to be there for your families.
To watch your kids grow up.
To meet your grandkids.
To be there for special events.
And for the ups and downs.
A shoulder to cry on. Arms to hug. Or hands to high-five.
Family. That’s why your health is important. If it’s not important to you – it is important to them.
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