Friday, March 07, 2008

Imaginary Kisses

Imaginary Kisses

 

The story goes that some time ago, a man punished his 5-year-old

daughter for wasting a roll of expensive gold wrapping paper.

Money was tight and he became even more upset when the child

pasted the gold paper so as to decorate a box to put under the

Christmas tree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift box

to her father the next morning and said, “This is for you, Daddy.”

 

The father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but

his anger flared again when he found the box was empty.

He spoke to her in a harsh manner, “Don’t you know, young lady,

when you give someone a present there’s supposed to be something

inside the package?

 

The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said,

“Oh, Daddy, it’s not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was full.”

 

The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms

around his little girl, and he begged her to forgive him for his

unnecessary anger.

 

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later

and it is told that the father kept that gold box by his bed

for all the years of his life. And whenever he was discouraged

or faced difficult problems he would open the box and take out

an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had

put it there.

 

In a very real sense, each of us as human beings have been given

a golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our

children, family, friends and God.

 

There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

 

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Friends are like angels who lift us to our feet when our wings

have trouble remembering how to fly.

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