Richard Pringle described his three year-old son as “soft, gentle, caring and so lovable” that he could turn even the most mundane activities into unforgettable experiences that his father would treasure forever. Sadly, Richard only got to spend three years with his son before the little boy passed away in 2016.
Though Richard’s son Hughie had a brain condition, he led a completely normal life until he suddenly passed away of a brain hemorrhage. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the little boy.
After Hughie’s death, Richard took a year to himself to recover. After taking this time to reflect, Richard took to social media to reveal the ten things he has learned since his son’s death. Here’s what he had to say:
1. You can never ever kiss and love too much.
2. You always have time. Stop what you’re doing and play, even if it’s just for minute. Nothing’s that important that it can’t wait.
3. Take as many photos and record as many videos as humanly possible. One day that might be all you have.
4. Don’t spend money; spend time. You think what you spend matters? It doesn’t. What you do matters. Jump in puddles; go for walks. Swim in the sea, build a camp, and have fun. That’s all they want. I can’t remember what we bought Hughie; I can only remember what we did.
5. Sing. Sing songs together. My happiest memories are of Hughie sitting on my shoulders or sitting next to me in the car singing our favourite songs. Memories are created in music.
6. Cherish the simplest of things. Night times, bedtimes, reading stories. Dinners together. Lazy Sundays. Cherish the simplest of times. They are what I miss the most. Don’t let those special times pass you by unnoticed.
7. Always kiss those you love goodbye and if you forget. Go back and kiss them. You never know if it’s the last time you’ll get the chance.
8. Make boring things fun. Shopping trips, car journeys, walking to the shops. Be silly, tell jokes, laugh, smile, and enjoy yourselves. They’re only chores if you treat them like that. Life is too short not to have fun.
9. Keep a journal. Write down everything your little ones do that lights up your world. The funny things they say, the cute things they do. We only started doing this after we lost Hughie. We wanted to remember everything. Now we do it for Hettie, and we will for Hennie too. You’ll have these memories written down forever and when you’re older, you can look back and cherish every moment.
10. If you have your children with you. To kiss goodnight. To have breakfast with. To walk to school. To take to university. To watch get married. You are blessed. Never ever forget that.
Richard’s heartbreaking post has gone viral. touching the hearts of people all over the world. Please remember his words and give your kids an extra hug tonight!