Linus: [to Sally as she walks away with everyone else] Hey, aren't you going to stay to greet the Great Pumpkin? Huh? It won't be long now. If the Great Pumpkin comes, I'll still put in a good word for you!
[realizes what he just said]
Linus: Good grief! I said "if"! I meant, "when" he comes!
Linus: I'm doomed. One little slip like that could cause the Great Pumpkin to pass you by. Oh, Great Pumpkin, where are you?
There are multiple reasons this is on my mind, and the recently passed holiday is the least of them. The primary one is that I keep going back to something that appeared in my inbox recently. Usually when someone is having a tough time, you say something like "I'm here if you need me." This person said something to the effect of "I'm here when you need me," and it made all the difference in the world. "If" is conditional, transient. "When" is "I'm not going anywhere." It's more of a statement of faith, as Linus shows. Right now, that means a helluva lot.