Tuesday, June 12, 2007


I received this in an email today included with the story below

Do you know what the word FAMILY means?

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 today;
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?
I received this as an email today and it hit home with me so I felt like sharing it with you. I know I spend all day at work being nice to people because its expected of me for my job. I then come home and am tired and sometimes I'm not half as nice to my kids as I was to all those strangers I saw at work today. That makes me feel bad to do that. People ask me why I am so excited to be able to be home with my kids again when we get to Alaska. This is the reason for one. I don't want to waste my patience on strangers every day at work only to get frustrated at my kids when I get home. I hate that I get home from work and we almost immediately start working on housecleaning or something like that thats not fun. I've been working on that though lately. I try to have at least a couple days during the work week where we come home from work and do something fun that the kids want to do in the evening.
Also sorry about bailing on the Fun Monday yesterday I was going to but just never got the chance to get pics taken or to post it here. I will participate in Fun Monday next week though!

12 people had something to say:

frannie said...

I recieved that in an email not long ago too--- and it really hit home with me, as well.

very true. very true.

Debbie said...

I'm really touched by this post, Terri. Not only because of the message in the email but of what you wrote. I'm proud of you for making a change. I'm so excited for you and your family.

la bellina mammina said...

How very true Teri....

la bellina mammina said...

How very true Teri....

PortraitofPeter said...

Thank you Terri for such a wonderful 'emotive' post.

Sentiments and your own reflections do bring home the importance of family.

Deeply touching.

Steffi said...

Very great post Teri and so true!

Melanie said...

Very touching. Great post Terri. A reminder we all need.

Amy W said...

I am glad you shared the story...I could learn a lesson or two from it.

ChrisB said...

This is a lovely post. It's easy to hurt those who are close to you- because they love you anyway. You and the children will have such a good time together on the fun days and the chores will always wait- so enjoy :)

Emma in Canada said...

Oh so true. As I've said before I'm a yeller and I wonder why I do yell at my kids. I wouldn't yell at someone else. Something for me to think about and to make a change.

Jocelyn said...

Your point about wanting to give the best to your kids and not just the end-of-day leftovers is so well said and well made!

Jocelyn said...

Your point about wanting to give the best to your kids and not just the end-of-day leftovers is so well said and well made!