I wholeheartedly agree with Susan, who says, “if you love someone, show them; make sure they know it, because one day you’ll wake up and they might not be there.” I can relate to that, my cousin and I were very close. Everywhere I went, she went. We were like beans and rice, salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly. We used to have so much fun. But I never told her that I loved her. Then we went out one weekend and I ended up getting really mad at her. I didn’t talk to her for a few days and then she got into a car accident and died instantly. When I heard, I started to cry and felt horrible because I had never told her I was sorry. I regret it so much. After that I started to tell everyone I love that I do love them.
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