One of the guys they interviewed, really struck a nerve with me. Were his actions contradicting themselves to his kids? Was the one possible lesson being taught, getting voided out by the actions he was using? You could go round and round with all of it. And my mind did. And then Brian and I did, discussing it. I am very curious what your take on it will be. PLEASE leave me in-put letting me know it!
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The man in line had already been in line for over twelve (12) hours. He said that he was a father of six (6), and couldn't usually afford the items his kids wanted and was hoping to be able to get them via the 'Black Friday' specials. So yes, he had missed having Thanksgiving dinner with his family. Oh, and it was also his birthday.
- - One perspective. By not having Thanksgiving dinner (which is all about getting together with those you love and expressing your thankfulness for so many blessings, etc.) with his family, he was demonstrating that the 'things' he was hoping to buy them, were more important than spending time with them.
- - Another angle. He was showing them that sometimes you have to make sacrifices to get the things you want in life.
- - And another slant. Their desires in life were more important to him, than having others celebrate his birthday with him.
- - And yet another angle. Was he giving credit to society's view, that the 'things' you can acquire in life, is what's important?
My take on the whole thing? He lost my vote for the 'Father of the year' award. Doing things WITH your kids (and grand kids), is by far the best thing a parent (or grand parent) can give to a child (no matter how old your child becomes!).
You can not put a price tag on love exchanged through laughter, or looks, or hugs. Those type of moments, build far better relationships. And those type of relationships, are worth far more than any store bought gift could ever hope to increase to. True, the relationship will never wow the experts on Antiques Road Show by being their biggest find ever. But the warm fuzzes and inner security, etc. that those type of relationships contain, will make your life far more enjoyable and bearable than that type of a '"treasure" ever could.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~I 'plan' on linking this particular posting up to:
~ "Homemaker Mondays ... Yours, Mine & Ours", are hosted by Jen, at '11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven' (http://rtheyallyours.blogspot.com/).
~ "Making Your Home Sing Monday('s)", are hosted by Nan, at 'Mom's the Word (I love to hear)' (http://momstheword--livingforhim.blogspot.com/).