Family should be kept in heart

Often times I find myself wondering if I have my priorities wrong. I know school is important, but aren’t people more important? I believe so.

I know I’m guilty and you can stay in denial if you want to, but I have a problem with staying in touch with close friends and family members.

What is wrong with us?

It doesn’t take much to call and say hey how are you, let them know how you’re doing and say bye.They understand you are a college student with work to do.

The little thing’s we take for granted are what’s really important. I hate to say it, but Grandma, Grandpa and Mom and Dad can’t live forever so while they’re here we need to take advantage of that and let those close to us know we love them.

I feel like my family members are going to live forever knowing that won’t happen.

Then we’re kind of funny because when we do stay in touch with people, we don’t take full advantage of the time given. Instead of driving 15 minutes to see them, we call. Sometimes, instead of calling or writing a letter we send a text message. Are we really that lazy? Unfortunately.

It goes along way; you would be surprised how much people are willing to do when you stay in touch with them. I haven’t met one person who doesn’t enjoy hearing from old friends and family members, occasionally.

I’m not inconsiderate, I just don’t think about it, but what’s funny is as soon as we need something, were quick to call people and nervous to see what the answer is. If we would stay in touch with people not just when we need them they would be glad to help us.

On my birthday I received a lot of e-mails wishing me a happy birthday, but what I appreciated more than the gifts and the money was getting personal calls from friends here and back home. Knowing that somebody was thinking about me and thought enough of me to remember my birthday and let me know was better than any material gift a person could give.

I hope I haven’t confused you, I will accept gifts and money real quick, but I would take several calls over a few dollars any day. But, I do accept checks and cash.

God forbid something happen to someone close to you and you haven’t been staying in touch, then you will be kicking yourself wishing for a second chance to let him or her know you care.

So what I’m doing this week is calling everyone to say hi and see how they’re doing. After all, it is the little things that make life worth living. Try and see for yourself, it goes a long way!

Royle King is a sophomore newspaper journalism from Dallas. He can be reached at