Worth reading ... by Thuy Duong MBM6

Từ hồi còn bé, ông nội đã dạy mình: Đôi khi vợ chồng trong nhà cũng cần đối xử với nhau như khách. Nghe thì có vẻ buồn cười, nhưng vì ông nội là người rất trọng khách (vì khi họ đã đến nhà có nghĩa là họ đã chủ tâm dành thời gian và tình cảm cho mình, điều đó rất đáng quý) nên khi khách đến, những gì ngon lành nhất trong nhà ông cũng mời khách, luôn tiếp khách rất niềm nở chân tình!

Đọc mẩu chuyện này, mình lại nhớ về ông với những giá trị nhân bản mặc dù cả mấy chục năm rồi vẫn luôn mới ...


A wonderful reminder of the value of family

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 on 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 died 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?

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