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  1. #1
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan

    Definition of family, unknown author

    F A M I L Y

    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?
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  2. #2
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    Mar 2011
    Red Feather Lakes, CO
    Sure made me think. Thanks.
    It wasn't a party unless it involved fire, an ATV, a chain saw and whiskey.

  3. #3
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    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Very nice Larry....
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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    Apr 2010
    North of Reno, NV...middle of the desert
    Good message and reminder. Thanks, Larry.

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    Jan 2011
    Mount Vernon, Ohio
    Thank you Larry,,,,,,,,, I needed that.

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    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    "....the family we left behind will feel the loss
    for the rest of their lives."

    Very true.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  8. #8
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Great one Larry.

    Nothing is worse than the look of a broken heart in a little kids eyes. Probably have caused it once or twice in the past myself.

    I can hardly pass one of my kids or grandkids without giving them a hug or telling them I love them.

    Life is short. You gotta pass on the great memories.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  9. #9
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    Jan 2007
    Honolulu, Hawaii

    Definition of family, unknown author

    Thank you Larry. That was perfect. Brought tears to my eyes thinkng about it all.

    Aloha, Tony
    "You got to learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make them all yourself". (Author unknown)

    "Time flies like..... an arrow,,,Fruit flies like..... a banana." Groucho Marx

    Ah,,,to live in Paradise!

    Registered voting member

    Fighting for all I am worth, and praying every day.

  10. #10
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    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv
    Thanks brother...lately...that's relevant
    Your Respiratory Therapist wears Combat boots

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