Facebook seems to be "trending" today on this: The desire to reconnect with old friends but the inability to do so because the friend has died. (Often discovered on a Google search when the obit appears.)
My Facebook friend and former S-R staffer, Kory Boatman, had a variation on this theme. He wrote:
Today I lay down a challenge for you. If you can, call your mom and tell her you love her. Or, better yet, if possible, drop by her house and give her a big hug and tell her what she means to you. Today would have been my dear mom's 71st birthday. How I wish I could fulfill my own challenge. Sadly, I can't . Mom, I miss you and love you more and more every day. Your infectious smile still lights up my days and comforts my nights. Thank you for all your love and guidance you provided along the way. You are my inspiration.
So bottom line: Look up those old friends -- now. Say I love you -- now. It's never too early. But it's often too late.
(S-R archives photo)