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A Box of Kisses

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 and God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

Comments on: "A Box of Kisses" (7)

  1. Anna H. said:

    What a beautiful and touching story that is so very true and sweet. Even though my daugthers are grown, I try to put a kiss in each of the palms of their hands before they leave me to go back to their homes so that they will remember and have my kisses. I read this somewhere once and took it as my own practice.

    • Anna H. said:

      I remember now. I took this from the book The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn which is a children’s story book about a little raccoon who is going to school for the first time and doesn’t want to leave his mother. She talks to him and then takes his hands, kisses them on the palms, and closes his hands. She tells him that when he puts them to his cheek, he will feel her love for him through the kiss until he is with her again. I have this book and have done this with my daughters for a number of years since they were small. It is a very beautiful and loving story. My daughters are adults, but I will always do this.

      • Dear Anna:
        that is such a sweet story about the raccoon and what you do with your daughters. Can you imagine how much that would change people if everyone would do this with their children ? Thanks for this lovely thought.
        Many blessings,
        Cherokee Billie

  2. So sweet.

  3. Karina de Cillo said:

    Dear Cherokee Billie!

    Wow, what a story!! I confess I had never heard it and it has put tears to my eyes! Loved it for the noble feeling it brings and for showing such a wonderful circle of possibilities among people! Thank you so very much for another Love lesson. I am so touched with it!
    Best wishes,
    Karina de Cillo

    • Dear Karina:
      your kind words are always appreciated. I’m glad this story touched you in a special way. Showing love to those closest to us is vital.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

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