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 then 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?'
She had 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
An accident took the life of the child only a short time later, 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 no more precious
possession anyone could hold.
-from a forwarded email