The story goes that some time ago a mother
punished her 5 year old daughter for wasting
a roll of expensive gold wrapping paper.
Money was tight and she became even more upset
when the child used the gold paper to decorate
a box to put under the Christmas tree.
Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift
box to her mother the next morning and said,
"This is for you, Momma."
The mother was embarrassed by her earlier over
reaction, but her anger flared again when she
opened the box and found it was empty.
She spoke to her daughter in a harsh manner.
"Don't you know, young lady, when you give
someone a present there's supposed to be
something inside the package?"
The daughter tears in her eyes and said, "Oh,
Momma, it's not empty! I blew kisses into it
until it was full."
The mother was crushed. She fell on her knees
and put her arms around her little girl, and
she begged her forgiveness for her thoughtless anger.
An accident took the life of the only child and it
is told that the mother kept that gold box by
her bed for all the years of her life. Whenever
she was discouraged or faced difficult problems
she would open the box and 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 human
beings, have been given a golden box filled
with unconditional love and kisses from our
children, family, friends and GOD. There is not a
more precious possession anyone could hold.
Kenney Chesney and Wilie Nelson
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