Lesson from a Child
We often learn the most from our children. Some time ago, a friend of
mine punished his 3 year old daughter for wasting a roll of gold
wrapping paper. Money was tight, and he became infuriated when the
child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.
Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next
morning, and said, "This is for you, Daddy." He was embarrassed by his
earlier over reaction, but his anger flared again when he found that
the box was empty.
He yelled at her, "Don't you know that when you give one a present,
there's supposed to be something inside of it?
The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, "Oh,
Daddy, it's not empty. I blew kisses into the box. All for you,
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he
begged her for forgiveness. My friend told me that he kept that gold
box by his bed for years. Whenever he was discouraged, he would take
out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put
In a very real sense, each of us as parents has been given a gold
container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children.
There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.