Some time ago,
a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping
paper. Money was tight and he was furious when the child tried to decorate
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 overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found the box
He yelled at her,"Don't you know when you give someone a present,
there's supposed to be something inside 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 for her forgiveness.
An accident took the life of the child only a short time later and it is
told that the man kept that gold box by his bed for many years and 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 humans have been given a gold container
filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, friends, family
or God. Even our pets!
There is no more precious possession anyone could hold than love.