As you read on, I want you to know that this comes from my perspective of having lost both of my parents by the time I was just 21 years old.

I think about that quite a bit. But, I don’t feel the slightest bit cheated, because I wouldn’t trade my parents for the world … despite having them (Mom) for only 15 years and (Dad) for 21 years.

This harsh reality provided me the gift of living a life with a focused sense of urgency. That tomorrow is not guaranteed.

This weighed heavy on me today because I saw a profound social media post by a good friend, Augie Renna.

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I rewrote it in my own way to honor my parents and urge those adult children who still have their parents to not waste a minute. No regrets. Live life to the fullest.


Call your Mom. Call your Dad.

If you are lucky enough to have one or both of your parents still alive … call them. Don't text them, don't email them … Call them.

Tell them that you love them. Listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.

I want to say Thank you to my Mom and Dad for everything.

My Mother, Shirley F. Hurley passed away on May 1, 1976

My Father, Thomas J. Hurley passed away on November 21, 1981.

I’ve carried these two Mass cards in my Daytimer wallet for more than 40 years. I look at them often.


I didn’t write this to be sappy. I am writing it with the sincere hope that if you find it relatable … perhaps this will provide a boost to have you reflect on your own personal situation.

What I wouldn’t give to have the opportunity to tell my Mom & Dad all about my wife Margie and their amazing grandchildren and a great grandson that they never had the chance to know and love.

I wish I could call them both right now. If I could, I would.

If you still have one or both of your parents alive … do it now.

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