Yesterday morning, while carrying my son, I waved goodbye to my in-laws. My son hid his face on my chest trying not to look back while my wife was crying quietly beside me. She looked at me with sadness in her eyes but tried not to show it by laughing and making jokes. When I heard my in-laws say, “Goodbye,” for the last time, I was not able to hold back a few tears as well.
Love is a powerful emotion that sustains us during our most difficult times. It gives us wings to fly and reach for our goals no matter how high and hard they may seem. And who else can give the perfect example of selfless, generous, enduring love than our families.
Today, we will pay tribute to the family who taught us what love is. The family who nurtured us lovingly from the day that we were born to the most recent stages of our life’s journey.
What Family Means To Me
Family makes me appreciate the most simplest of blessings. They help me celebrate life and all that it has to offer. When I’m around them, I am most happiest and ordinary days becomes extraordinary.
Last Sunday, we had lunch at Gringo’s Tex-Mex Restaurant to celebrate my wife’s 36th Birthday. My wife asked me that morning, “Should we pass by the bakeshop so I have a cake for my Birthday?” I told her, “It’s okay, we’ll just order a cake from the restaurant menu.” She smiled and said, “That’s fine.” She didn’t know that we ordered her favorite White Chocolate Fruit Torte as a surprise Birthday cake at Rustika Cafe. Her surprised, happy facial expression was priceless when the waiter brought out the cake as we all sang “Happy Birthday to you.”
At the end of the celebration, my son and I went to the garden for several minutes. He was playing around the water fountain. He started picking up the flowers and made a flower bouquet. He showed me the flowers and said, “This is for mom.”
Family gives me a reason to smile and be happy. They help me experience adventures that I thought no longer exist or long forgotten. They help me see the world as a place of wonder, layered with tons of fun, excitement and possibilities. They help me experience for myself that kindness, generosity, forgiveness and love exist in world that sometimes can bruised you without mercy. They help me through each healing until every last bruise and cuts heal like they were never there.
Family can drive me crazy sometimes but at the end of the day, their gestures of affection melts my heart.
This afternoon, while making his school homework, my son went into a stormy tantrum. He wanted to play his iPhone games instead of finishing his assignments. I heard my wife getting frustrated because he wasn’t listening at all. I went out the room and told him to say sorry to his mom and finish his homework. He gave me a hard time at first. So our talk ended with a “time out” and taking away of his T.V., iPhone games and Lego privileges. I felt bad doing it but I had to stop the negative behavior before it goes out of hand. I had to explain to him why we had to correct him and why disrespect was wrong. I had to make sure he understands that we love him so much and we want him to grow up as a good and respectful person. Finally, he mellowed down and told me he was sorry. Then we went to the kitchen where my wife was. I asked him, “Go hug your mom and say sorry.” With head bowed down, he went to his mom and wrap his arms around her shoulders. He muttered a soft, “I’m sorry mom.”
Just before going to sleep, we played a bit with his Nerf toy. I forgot to include it in my “Hands-off” list. He was a total sweetheart. He was back to his usual lovable self. A complete turn around from his earlier behavior. Like calmness and peace after the storm. Just before going to bed, we reviewed his assignment. It was all about “Respect” and who should he respect. What a coincidence, right? We all learned respect in the most dramatic way that day and it was something that will stick in our memory for a long, long time. After praying and reading his favorite kid’s prayer-book, he kissed me good night. He also made sure that his first fallen baby tooth inside the treasure chest was safely tucked under his pillow. He told me, “I want to make sure the Tooth Fairy finds it.” I stayed with him for a while until he fell asleep. As I watched him go to sleep, I quietly told myself, “Now, it’s time to call the Tooth Fairy.”
This week’s Image of Life is titled “Love and Family.”
How do you wish to express your love for your family today?
Thank you once again for sharing your day with me. May this post inspire you to embrace and see the beautiful images around you.
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