It often takes the loss of someone special to remind us that there are no certainties in life, so we should try to tell our loved ones how we feel about them while we still can.
Eighteen-year-old Hannah Summers, a college student from New Haven, Indiana, recently lost her mom and best friend. Peggy had been struggling for many years, and she finally succumbed to kidney cancer in late October 2017. A grieving Hannah took to Twitter to remind everyone that life is short, so it’s important not to take people for granted.
Peggy had gone out of her way before her death to make sure her family knew how much she loved and cared about them. Before undergoing a major surgery back in June, Peggy had written five letters; four were for her children, and one was for her husband.
before my mom passed she wrote us all letters. this is mine. please hug your parents a little closer and never take them for granted because you never know when you could lose them. I love you momma. ? pic.twitter.com/e2TZtg92bK
— hannah summers (@_hannahsummers) November 1, 2017
Hannah’s letter begins in a heartbreaking manner: “If you are reading this then the surgery did not go well.”
Peggy used her letter to Hannah to dole out as much life advice as she could in the short time she had left on earth. She reminds Hannah to be safe, study hard, and most importantly, to lean on the people around her to get through the sadness of losing her mother.
Peggy reminds Hannah that she is always with her and will always be proud of her, that she already loves her hypothetical grandchildren, and that her daughter should focus on school above all.
Hannah is finding solace remembering her mother’s fun-loving personality and spreading her message to the world.
“Please hug your parents a little closer,” Hannah said on Twitter, “and never take them for granted because you never know when you could lose them. I love you momma.”
Rest in peace, Peggy, and thank you, Hannah, for spreading this message. What a heartwarming reminder for us all. Rasplove this story to remind everyone to spend some time with their loved ones today.