A Child's Gift


  (We often learn the most from our children(.

Some time ago, a man punished his 3 year-old daughter for wasting a roll of
gold wrapping paper. Money was tight, and he became infuriated when the child
tried to decorate a box to put under the tree.  Nevertheless, the little girl
brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, "This is for you,
daddy."

He was embarrassed by his earlier over reaction, but his anger flared again
when he found that the box was empty. He yelled at her, "Don't you know that
when you give someone a present, there's supposed to be something inside of
it?"

The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, "Oh, daddy,
it's not empty. I blew kisses into the box.  All for you, Daddy."

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged
her forgiveness. He kept that gold box by his bed for years. Whenever he was
discouraged, he would 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 parents has been given a gold container
filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children. There is no more
precious possession anyone could hold.

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