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  • The Christmas Present

    and oldie but still a GREAT story!!
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    The Christmas Present

    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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    and isn't it the truth!!

    [ 12-06-2002, 04:51 PM: Message edited by: nickg ]
    I'll post, You argue.

  • #2
    Thank you, Nick. With 3 of my own daughters, I sometimes need to remember this message.
    Dave Kiefner
    [i]Die Wahrheit ist eine Perle. Werfen sie nicht vor die S

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    • #3
      nickg, thanks for posting that, it is priceless.
      "are you going to bark all day little doggie or are you going to bite"

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      • #4
        A beautiful reminder how different our children view things sometimes and a reminder to us, as parents, to consider that.

        Great post Nick.

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        • #5
          Wow. message sent, message received.
          "Speed is fine, but accuracy is final"--Bill Jordan

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          • #6
            Wow... I'm sending that to my daddy. Thank you Nick.

            :: warm holiday hugs ::

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            • #7
              Very nice, thanks for posting that, Nick!
              6P1 (retired)

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              • #8
                How did the kid know when the box was full if they were imaginary kisses? If my 5-year old tried to pull that crap on me, I'd wait til she was 16 and give her a gold wrapped box with nothing in it....And then when she complained, I'd tell her it contained the imaginary keys to the imaginary BMW out front....The least the kid could have done was put a coupon for a beer in there.

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                • #9
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                  How did the kid know when the box was full if they were imaginary kisses? If my 5-year old tried to pull that crap on me, I'd wait til she was 16 and give her a gold wrapped box with nothing in it....And then when she complained, I'd tell her it contained the imaginary keys to the imaginary BMW out front....The least the kid could have done was put a coupon for a beer in there.
                  Words of wisdom only our little PITA could come up with.

                  Thanks for the story, it brought a tear to my eye.
                  Criminals prefer unarmed victims.

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