Some of my friends
and I were discussing life's lessons and how we came to learn them.
It was a fun discussion but Ted's story won hands down for tugging at
heartstrings. It was when he was in his twenties and his wife had
left him in charge of their very active three year old daughter,
advising him to be sure to use the harness if they went out.
Since it was close
to Christmas my friend thought it would be great fun to go shopping
for presents with his daughter. He could just imagine the joy that
she would experience when she saw the dolls and other things that he
planned to buy. He said he was sure he'd spend much more money than
they could afford but, after all, it was for his little girl ! So he
attached the harness and off they went.
But, sadly, the
venture wasn’t turning out like he’d imagined. She barely smiled
and didn’t seem particularly interested in any of the toys that he
chose. She actually looked more bored than happy. He persevered,
however, and his cart was overflowing with goodies when he checked
out. With great care he maneuvered his little girl and the packages
out to the car.
He was putting the
gifts into the trunk when he felt a tug on the harness cord. He
turned to see his tiny daughter squatting on the pavement and, with
his heart in his mouth, he rushed to see what was wrong. Imagine
his surprise when she turned to him with a radiant smile and pointed
to the thing that was of such interest to her.
It was a single
flower pushing it’s way up through a small crack in the pavement...
a gift more precious to her than all the ones that he had
bought...and a great lesson learned for my friend.