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, Daddy, 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, statistically, if we died tomorrow or if we were fired tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days or even hours?  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? So what is behind the story?

Do you know what the word FAMILY stands for?
Paulo Eduardo Cardoso Pereira
Enviado por Paulo Eduardo Cardoso Pereira em 04/10/2006
Reeditado em 29/03/2009
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