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Presents

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Teri Sanford (terily)
Wed, 29 Sep 1999 09:52:26 -0500


The story goes that some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old
daughter for
wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he
became infuriated
when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the
Christmas tree. 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 was
empty. He yelled at her, "Don't you know that 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 is 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. It is told that the man
kept that gold
box by his bed for 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. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.