I received this file from a friend. I want to share with you. The setting is American Family. However, the message is for us.



-Pablo Lachica


I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
“Oh excuse me please” was my reply.

He said, “Please excuse me too;
I wasn’t watching for you.”


We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said goodbye.


But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.


Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me very still.


When I turned, I nearly knocked him down .
“Move out of the way,” I said with a frown.


He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn’t realize how harshly I’d spoken.


While I lay awake in bed,
God’s still small voice came to me and said,


“While dealing with a stranger,
common courtesy you use,
but the family you love, you seem to abuse.


Go and look in the kitchen floor,
You’ll find some flowers there by the door.


Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.


He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise;
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes.”


By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.


I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
“Wake up, little one, wake up,” I said.


“Are these the flowers you picked for me?”
He smiled, “I found ’em, out by the tree.


I picked ’em because they’re pretty like you.
I knew you’d like ’em, especially the blue.”


I said, “Son, I’m very sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn’t have yelled at you that way.”
He said, “Oh, Mom, that’s okay. I love you anyway.”


I said, “Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue.”



Are you aware that if we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than into our own family, an unwise investment indeed, don’t you think? So what is behind the story?

Do you know what the word FAMILY means?



One thought on “Family

  1. Pablo M. Lachica

    Dear Editor Seb Tanicala,

    I am so happy that the message I sent you together with several others finds its way to the Word Ministry. Its relevance to our lives is so great that it motivated me to forward to our friends. Its posting at the now very prestigious blog site is very much welcomed. I do not get credit for that but credit goes to a friend PROSECUTOR MANNUEL OLIVA.

    I have a blog site too: . I listed all the blogrolls in your site.



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