Sunday, January 10, 2010


Forward mail has been teaching me few lessons to remember. And this is one those mails which makes us sit back and think over whether we have wronged our near and dear ones somewhere? How many can confidently answer no?


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 heart broken.

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 'em, out by the tree.

I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.

I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."

I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted

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."


Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company

that we are working for could easily replace us in

a matter of days.

But the family we left behind will feel the loss

for the rest of their lives.

And 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 behind the story?

Do you know what the word FAMILY means?



  1. It's true, we tend to take family for granted, and we take that love for granted and as a given.
    If we were to become more aware of it and live it that is- consciously feel that love and return it, we would be happier persons with greater inner peace.

  2. Life is like a crown if our families are the jewels...

  3. Your post has touched me deeply. It is so moving and very true. I am guilty. It is good to be reminded of how important family is and that we should be more aware of how we treat them. Very lovely sentiment and I am very glad you posted it. I am going to go hug my family now!
    Hugs to you too my special friend.

  4. I have no regrets when it comes to my kids.. never had a showdown or arguments with them. We have a very warm relationship between three of us (husband is usually away as he works in Gulf) and hope it will continue. This rapport with my kids had made me realize what people could be missing...

  5. Farila, I just loved this post! It's don't know what you have until it's gone.
    Family is one of God's most precious gifts, and it's a gift to be treasured, no matter what.
    Thank you for this post.
    Big Hugs!

  6. Beautifully written about how important it is to show how much we love our family!!!

  7. Farila, thanks so much for this post.
    Families are very valuable to everyone!
    huge hugs

  8. you did a great work i like your poem that you write. Did you write it by your own? If yes then you are a great writer bro seriously. Sugar Land Home Inspection I like your thoughts about family, you write very well.


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