That stream of minor updates and silly memes is more important than it may appear
I am reading this moments after my stepkid￼ forwarded a little ready-made apple photos slideshow that was served to her, with photos of the kids through the years -- it made me cry. I love those texts, whenever they may come. The little things are the big things.
If I’m hankering for proof-of-life from any of the kids, I send a cute picture of one or both dogs. Works every time. 😁
But in general the family chat thread (ours is called “fam damily” and you’re welcome) is a rich vein of memes and ribbing of one another that remind me that connection doesn’t always have to be “deep” or super-important to matter.
This this this this this!!! Thank you for sharing this. Your texts made me laugh deeply and you've reminded me of how much these little exchanges can matter. WHO KNEW MEMES COULD BE MEANINGFUL?!? Like someone else so wisely commented here -- "The little things are the big things." Yes, they are. I'm honored *anything* I shared could inspire a heart like yours. Thanks for being you.
I tend towards hearts and "I love you madly"s and all sorts of over-the-top signs of affection in texts with my kids, which probably makes them roll their eyes a bit but I don't care. I want to know that they've got it in writing, so if they ever need verification that someone loves them to pieces all they have to do is scroll through their phone to see proof over and over and over again.