WHO WILL CRY WHEN YOU DIE [CHAPTER 33].....See Your Children as Gifts


                          33.
           See Your Children as Gifts


On Father’s Day, my son Colby brought home a hand – made card from school. On the front of it was his small handprint and inside the card, above a little photograph of my child, were these words:

     Sometimes you get discouraged because I am so small And always leave my fingerprints on furniture and walls. But every day I’m growing – I’ll be grown up someday. And all those tiny handprints will surely fade away.
    So here’s a final handprint, just so you can recall, Exactly how my fingers looked, when I was very small. Love, Colby
   Children grow so very quickly. It seems like just yesterday that I stood in the delivery room waiting for the birth of my son, and then two years later, for the birth of my daughter, Bianca. It is easy to promise yourself you will spend more time with your kids “when things slow down at work” or “when I get that big promotion” or “next year when I get a little more time.” But if you don’t act on life, life has a habit of acting on you. The weeks slip into months, the months slip into years and before you know it, that little child is now an adult with a family of her own. The greatest gift you can give to your children is the gift of your time. And one of the greatest gifts you will ever give yourself is that of enjoying your kids and seeing them for what they truly are: the small miracles of life.
In The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran makes the point far more eloquently than I ever could when he writes, “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.”




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