I have a quote that reads, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Don't sweat the small stuff.” A thousand miles of life never prepared me for the tragedy of Jan. 4, my darkest night.
By the time I reached Frank's house [Leonard "Frank" Harris Jr.], the roads were blocked, and his home surrounded by law enforcement. I knew when that young officer was keeping me back, I 'd never see my brother again.
Although Frank is my brother, he also was one of my best friends. But betrayal and deception being what it was in his life, our friendship severed.
After more than 3 years of a severed relationship, our redux friendship was with love knowing no boundaries of time and space. I spent New Year's Day and night at his house. I told him I was sorry because I'd failed him. Frank said, “No, sis; no, you didn't.” He waved his hand, meaning to drop it.
I did drop the subject but not before I said, “Well, you always did think your sister was a big meaner.” He gave me that beautiful cheshire smile and started singing the Grinch theme song, “You're a mean one … Ms. Lench.” That was the last time I talked to my brother.
So this Valentine's Day, please remember that love shouldn't be played or taken for granted. Love is that invisible thread that bonds us. Love is eternal, endures, and never ends. Love is what carries us through the thin veil of this life into the next. Love is magic, a power that humanity takes for granted.
So, if someone has drifted out of your life because of blurry indifferences, use Valentine's Day as a reason to reach out. Sometimes tomorrow never comes, so don't wait to say, I love you.