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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

FAMILY

I got this in my email from my sister in law, I loved it and wanted to share it with you...


I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
"Oh excuse me please" was my reply.
He said, "Please excuse me too;
I wasn't watching for you."

We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said goodbye.


But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me very still.

When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
"Move out of the way," I said with a frown.

He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.

While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,

"While dealing with a stranger,
common courtesy you use,
but the family you love, you seem to abuse."

Go and look on the kitchen floor,

You'll find some flowers there by the door.

Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.

He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes.


By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.

I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
"Wake up, little one, wake up," I said.

"Are these the flowers you picked for me?"
He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree.

I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.

I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue.

" I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way."
He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay.
I love you anyway."
I said, "Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue."

FAMILY

Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company
that we are working for could easily replace us in
a matter of days.
But the family we left behind will feel the loss
for the rest of their lives.
And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more
into work than into our own family,
an unwise investment indeed, don't you think?
So what is behind the story?
Do you know what the word FAMILY means?

FAMILY = (F)ATHER (A)ND (M)OTHER (I) (L)OVE (Y)OU

28 comments:

The Lee Family said...

This is SUCH a good reminder! Excellent post!

Ali said...

What truth that speaks! It about made me cry (everything that has to do with children does these days it seems!) I know I am exactly like that more than I care to admit. Thank you for sharing!

Ter said...

I know all too well how true these words are.

Upstatemomof3 said...

That is so true! It really brings up a good point. We all need to remember to watch how we treat our family. Especially when we are feeling crabby.

annie kelleher said...

i remember i got this a long time ago when i was in an abusive marriage. it really hit home in a way i will never forget.

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

That is beautiful and so very true! Thanks for sharing!

Janet said...

It's as if this was meant for me. I have just stressed out totally. My daughter was driving my brothers car and someone hit into her. She's fine, but there is quite a lot of damage to the car and I FREAKED. I feel a bit bad now!

Mighty M said...

That was so nice - thanks for posting it. I love your new blog look too!

Kate said...

I have read that before and I love it. Thanks I always need a reminder. I love the purple. Have a great week.

Laurie in Ca. said...

Thanks Pam,

I have learned this truth over the years as I have been guilty of blowing it many times along the way. Life just gets so hectic at times and it is easy to forget. Family needs to be in the top three of our priority list at all times. I'm still working on it daily:) Love you girl.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

Bee and Rose said...

Pam:) This post brought tears to my eyes...That was a wonderful reminder about what FAMILY is all about! I am emailing your post to all my family and friends today:) Thank you for sharing this!

Love and Blessings!

jen@odbt said...

So true. I'm often guilty of this. Thanks for the reminder.

Debbie said...

I used to be struck by how gracious I was to my kids' friends when they were in my house compared to how I treated my own kids. I still need to work on that.

Chelsea Pang said...

Yes, that poem is convicting. Growing up as one of four children we frequently did not respect each other...but luckily we had the love (and thick skin) to perservere through those fights. And there were boundries. I pray that I will be able to pass the lesson of that poem to my children. It start with just me and my husband though!

Lori said...

Thank you for stopping by me♥
and also for the birthday wishes! :)

Jo said...

My little guy stretches my patience almost every single day. I know I do better than I used to, but I have a long way to go yet. Thanks for reminding me that working hard on this is important.

Lisa said...

Hi Pam!
Thanks for the comment. Please come back!

Lisa said...

P.S. We sleep in the basement because of tornado warnings. It's safer there!

Meredith said...

I love that poem! So sweet. So true. Such an incredible reminder. Thanks!!

tollesons4him said...

This poem tells it like it is, how come we treat strangers better than our own families. We need to not take our families for granted and appreciate them more because once we are gone that's it. Thank you for sharing this with us!

Jenna said...

Aww... That's super cute

The Blonde Duck said...

It's amazing how we're nicer to strangers than our own family.

hippo chick said...

That was a great story. I really do thank God for my precious family I just stopped to tell Jim how much I love and appreciate him.

~hippo hugs~

Yaya said...

Love the new banner!

Great post. So true.

kel said...

SO true!!

ASHLEY said...

a wonderful post!!

Jill (Sneaky Momma) said...

This is beautiful. :)

Nancy said...

waaaaa! I am crying now. That poem was so sad but beautiful.