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Harsh Words

Author: ; Published On: ಸೋಮವಾರ, ದಶಂಬರ 14th, 2009;

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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 saying good-bye.

But at home a difference 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.

As 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 children 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,

and 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
would 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 families… an unwise investment indeed, don’t you think? .

7 Responses to Harsh Words

  1. Mohan Bhaskar

    Hare raama samstanam

    Yes, we does such mistakes several times. Innocent = Cow and Childrens.


  2. Raghavendra Narayana

    Good one. Sometimes happens in day-to-day business, simple and nice lesson to avoid doing such stupid things.


  3. chs bhat

    Hare raama. Simplyw an eye opener. We commit this day in day out.But giving more importance to own family as compared to ,””work place or a third party. may brand me as ,”SWARTHI” chs


  4. JaiGanesh

    Touchy …


  5. Umesh Baikunje

    Very true and eye opener. Very nice .One must read this daily and act.
    Lot of time most of us forget about family members love and effection and taken for granted.


  6. vdaithota

    A healthy family is required for a pleasent life..& hard work requires to make the family healthy…


  7. Adarsh Narayan D

    :) heart touching!


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