F A M I L Y
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 heartbroken. 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 'them, out by the tree. I picked 'them because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'them, 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....'
Reflection on family
The above story is a good reminder to reflect on our relationship with members of our own families; parents, siblings, children, grandchildren and in-laws. How do we relate to one another? How we react to certain ways they deal with us?
Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in
a matter of days and our presence there would be forgotten in a couple of weeks. But the family we left behind will feel our loss for the rest of their lives. 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 the moral the story? We must place our family above all others as they are the ones who will be there when we are in need. They are the ones who will miss our presence and cherish the memories of the past after we are gone.
Do you know what the word FAMILY means?
FAMILY = (F)ATHER (A)ND (M)OTHER (I) (L)OVE (Y)OU