Take a moment in the next few days and call a member of your extended family. Call one of your relatives you don’t talk with very often – it will make your effort that much more of a pleasant surprise.
Last summer, I went to a Los Angeles concert where Dolly Parton performed. In between songs, she spoke about having lost her mother not long ago. She told the audience: “Be good to your mama because you’ll miss her when she’s gone.” She said it with such a sadness in her voice that I could tell how truly she meant it.
Your mother, however, isn’t the only family member whom you’d miss if she were gone. Take a moment to send a shout-out to another member of your extended family and remind that person you notice he or she is here and that you really appreciate that presence.