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Today is the day to tell someone you love them...even if it's hard...especially if it's hard.

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Good morning John, it's Sunday, August 3rd, 2014. And I love you. You're a good brother, you're a good person, and I'm lucky to have you in my life. I don't know where I'd be without you, or who I'd be without you. You make me a better person, you help me make better decisions, you've been a good person to look up to as a child and as an adult, and you just have good values. Even thought apparently you told a bunch of people at LeakyCon that I have a little bit of a problem with showering when I was 10, true. You could of kept that one to yourself. If you're confused with why I'm being so unironically sappy right now, it's because today is Esther Day.

In 2010 John asked Esther Earl, a nerdfighter who helped inspire The Fault in Our Stars, what she would like us as a community to do on her birthday. She said she wanted it to be a day to celebrate the kind of love that people have inside of families and friendships, not romantic love. John as you put it last year, you said, "It's a Valentine's Day for the rest of love". Because, you know, we're obsessed with romantic love, and I get that. I understand. But love is so much more than that, between parents and children and siblings and friends. It's the kind of boring everyday love that ties the whole world together. So on this day, we say "I love you" to the people who we don't normally say "I love you" to. So, I'm asking, take some time out of your day to do that thing. It's just, it's a good thing to do, and if that's not enough for you, it's what Esther wants. John, I'll see you on Tuesday.

Good morning John, it's August 3rd, 2013, and I love you-is it? It's 2014, yup.