Sunday Inspiration: Don’t Forget To Say I Love You

Heart with green don't Forget framedHappy Valentine’s Day!

If you’ve read One Mountain Away, the first book of my Goddesses Anonymous series, you know that Charlotte, the main character, looks back on her life and the mistakes she’s made.

I stumbled across this passage and decided to post it  for Sunday Inspiration just before Valentine’s Day. Not because the quote is sentimental or effusive, which we often expect. Because I think what Charlotte says here in her First Day Journal is so important to remember as we approach the holiday.

When Ethan and I lived together, I was always in charge of coffee and Taylor’s school day while he cooked. Ethan’s culinary skills vanished at noon, but his breakfasts were extraordinary.

I’m sorry now that I didn’t eat more, that I worried about my weight or my schedule too much to sit across from him at the breakfast table enjoying his omelets or waffles. That whether Taylor’s hair was perfectly combed or her homework in the right section of her backpack mattered more to me than gratitude.

I ‘m sorry now that before we walked out the door to start our days, I so often forgot to tell them both how much I loved them.

Today’s inspiration is simple.  Forget the things that don’t matter, and remember to notice and celebrate the things that do.  Most important let’s never cease telling the people we love how much we love them.  Not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day we’re together.

Charlotte was given a second chance to make things right.  If you need a second chance, could this be the day to make it happen?


  1. Pam Reed on February 9, 2014 at 11:18 am

    A beautiful thought for today, Emilie. And you are so right. I just went to the funeral for the sister of a friend I grew up with. She was there when I buried my sister a few years ago. You never know. That’s why I tell my sister’s children I love them as often as I can – because their mother no longer can. And I tell my surviving sister the same. So many people don’t know how powerful those three little words are – or what they can mean. Happy Valentine’s Day! And thank you for today’s inspiration. It was right on.

  2. Pamela Feinberg on February 9, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Thankyou Emilie for reminding us of the simple things we take for granted. As I am getting older and wiser, and many of my friends and family are being taken too early from us, I realize how short life is and how precious it is. We must live each day as if it was our last and appreciate what we have and the people in our lives. We don’t realize this unforturnately until it is too late and we don’t have them in our lives to tell them. So for all the people in my life, I love you all and appreciate you all!

  3. Lynn Ross on February 9, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Our family and close friends always end a visit or a phone conversation with “I love you.” If that is the last time I talk to that person, I want the last thing they ever hear me say to them is, “I love you.” I’m looking forward to your next book. And by the way, “I love you, Emilie.”

  4. Cindy on February 16, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I have a friend who says “I love you” when we part, and it always makes me smile. Thanks for your inspiring writing, Emilie!

  5. DELORES on February 14, 2021 at 10:12 am

    One Mountain Away—such a wonderful story! Making sure those we love are totally appreciated is so important—every day—so we have no regrets. My family is struggling. My 45 year old nephew died in a two-car crash Wednesday evening. Just making his normal but long drive home from work. All we can say is he had a momentary lapse when he pulled out from a stop sign on a rural Minnesota road into the path of an oncoming vehicle that was traveling at high but legal speed. He was gone instantly. No time for further I love you’s or I am sorry’s. Thankfully, the other driver survived. Saying “I love you” is a sign of strength, not weakness. Most of us probably don’t think to say it enough!

    • Emilie Richards on February 14, 2021 at 10:29 am

      I am so sorry, Delores. This is such a blow for your family. There are no words comforting enough, are there?

      • DELORES on February 15, 2021 at 11:10 pm

        There really aren’t, and Covid makes it harder!

  6. Elke on March 8, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    Hi, I am just wondering if there is going to be a book 5 for the Goddesses. I miss them

    • Emilie Richards on March 8, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      I miss them, too, but my publisher asked for single titles and not series, so I had to say goodbye to them. I really wanted to do Samantha’s book. It’s so nice of you to ask.

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