I’ve noticed a decline in a lot of the simple things that we as people say to one another to get by: “Bless you,” when someone sneezes; “Thank you,”…

I’ve noticed a decline in a lot of the simple things that we as people say to one another to get by: “Bless you,” when someone sneezes; “Thank you,” when someone goes out of their way to do a favor; or even “I love you,” or one of its many forms, when you just mean it. Those three words, though so short, hold so much meaning, and it’s a shame that no one seems to dare use them anymore. November is National Runaway Awareness Month, and I think in support of it, these powerful words, tokens of appreciation, should return to our lives. They may just be a token, but they keep the game going, the one that everyone plays where you can feel comfortable in your own home. Without them, some think, why stay where I’m not wanted, not loved? And so they don’t. I can’t speak from experience concerning what it feels like to be unloved by those around you, but I do know the pain of not at least hearing a semblance of those words every once in a while. Just make sure that they know it, before it gets out of hand, before they’re out of your hands. And if you yourself ever feel unloved, don’t feel discouraged to talk about it. If you feel that you can’t talk to your friends and family, talk to the National Runaway Switchboard. There’s enough love to go around, so don’t be stingy. It never hearts to hear that you care.
– Eric