“One day when I had gone shopping, I banged into a stranger as he passed by, ‘Oh! Excuse me please’ was my response. He said, ‘Please excuse me too; I couldn’t see you coming.’ We were very gentle and polite, this stranger and I. We said our goodbyes and went on our separate ways.
But at home an entire different story unfolds. 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 around, I almost knocked him down. ‘Move out of the way.’ I said with a frown, a little too harshly. He walked away, his little heart broken. I didn’t realize how harshly I’d spoken to my little kid.
While I lay resting in bed, God’s small voice came to me and said, ‘While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you used, but the family you love, you seem to abuse and ignore them. 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 but you in your anger, 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 with a twinkle in his eyes, ‘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 know you are so busy and you have to cook and take care of the house as well as us too. I love you very much’ I said, ‘Son, I love you too and I do like the flowers, especially the blue that you gave me from the bottom of your heart’ He was so happy and jubiliant that we both hugged and kissed each other and all was good. I then said a little prayer to God: ‘Thank you God for showing me who I need to Love and Care for.
This is what Love is and what it is to love your Family, cause if we died tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. Friends that we meet too may not be with us at all times. But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.
So friends let us Love our Family who needs us and learn to respect them.