Do you remember the last time you told your parents you love them? And can you remember what it’s like to hug them or hold their hands?
The one lesson my parents have taught me that I treasure the most, is to never be afraid to express my feelings.
I was fortunate enough to be raised in a household where a thousand “I love yous” was never too much. Both of my parents grew up with scarce exchanges of verbal affection with my grandparents. For instance, my father was never even remotely affectionate with HIS father. But yet, I grew up in a household where an “I love you” could be expressed so freely. My parents would always tell me and my siblings that they love us – in our most joyous moments, after settling arguments, before we headed to bed, and sometimes to appease our crying selves for whenever we couldn’t get what we wanted. No matter the situation, we always knew for sure that our parents loved us. Because they always showed it.
Perhaps for some of us, uttering the words ‘I love you’ might seem…uncomfortable. But truly, when it comes to the ways to express love, our options are limitless. I recall the days when my mother would beam with joy whenever we spent time together as a family. In fact, that was one of the things she loved most – to plan trips with us so that we could all spend time together. My father was no different, he was very much the ‘hugger’ and was never afraid to give us kisses or hold our hands in public (although we were secretly embarrassed at the time!) Back then, I didn’t realise that these were their ways of expressing their love towards their children. But now I know, and I am more than grateful.
If it weren’t for my parents setting a good example on expressing their love, I wouldn’t have been able to show my love and gratitude towards them either.
We shouldn’t assume that our parents know that we love them. Instead, we should express it with actions or words to remind them. People love being reminded that they are loved, don’t you think so?
Your parents will never stop being your parents, just as how your children will never stop being your children too even as they grow up. So in honour of Parents Appreciation Day, go on and express your love to your parents or your children with a warm and loving hug, or simply remind them that you love them. We should never miss the opportunity to express our love and gratitude to the ones we love the most.
By Yee Sue Yi
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