Are you the first person on anyone’s list?
Do you have a lover, a significant other, or a spouse?
Do you have a child or two?
Do you have a friend or two who calls you as much as you call them?
Do you have family close by?
Are you included in holidays and weekend activities with others?
Do you have someone to go to the movies with?
If you have *any* one of these things or a few of them,
Then count yourself lucky and loved.
And if you know someone who doesn’t have any of these things – and I bet you do if you think about it for a minute – try to remember them.
They are Afterthought People. The Alone Ones.
They sleep alone. They dine alone. They walk alone.
Probably through no fault of their own, they are standing by the wall while everyone else is dancing.
They hope the phone will ring.
They are weary of always reaching out; their arms are tired from being empty.