She is my grandmother's sister. The one to raise all of us in the family... The one to watch all the kiddos from infants to high school'ers... The one to show and remind us all of the Samoan Way of Life... The one to encourage us to remain humble, respectful, and to honor our parents... This beautiful woman is one of the oldest ladies in our family... my Aunty Tali. She's the one to leave us here in America today to be with her son and family in New Zealand. She is heavily on my mind, especially lately, and more as ever today. I think, "Did I visit her as much as I was able to?"... "Did I tell her I love her enough times today?"... and on, and on, and on.
I share this farewell with you all today my friends, to remind you to tell your loved ones that you love them... to visit your loved ones "just because"... to love, honor and respect your elders no matter if you think they're right or wrong. They may not always be around the corner... they may move away from you, or you away from them, or they can easily be called by our Lord to be with Him in heaven. Don't live life with regrets or questions unanswered.... it's never too late to love each other, and forgive one another!