Don’t take them for granted this time around.
I know you weren’t trying to before, but you did a bit, didn’t you? If you want to make up for lost time, I recommend just trying to notice things about them, things you let pass you by all those years.
We’ll start simply – the face.
The wrinkles that form next to their eyes when they smile genuinely.
How they tend to blink quickly two or three times, then not at all for several seconds, and then another two or three in rapid succession.
How they when they’re trying to remember something they look up and to the left.
Moles and freckles and baby hairs and the ever-so-slightly asymmetry of their eyebrows.
I could go on, but you get the point. Notice things about them. It’s very hard to do this and find yourself appreciating them more than ever before.