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One Of The Greatest Gifts

In her memoirs, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told of growing up in an African-American pastor's family in Birmingham. Despite her parents' busy schedules, they watched The Mickey Mouse Club with her every day. One afternoon the insurance agent came to visit. "He was the only white man I can ever remember coming into our house," recalls Rice. But he came just as it was time to sing: "M-I-C-K-E-Y-...." Mr. Rice politely told the man he would have to wait until they all put on their mouse ears and engaged in the family ritual of singing along.

"This small gesture was simply one of many that communicated they always had time for me," wrote Condoleezza.

One of the greatest presents we can give is time -- to our children, to our spouse, to our church, to friends, and sometimes to strangers on the street or neighbors in need. It's the most hospitable kind of hospitality. When we give our time without grumbling, we're giving ourselves.

Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give!
Dr. Ben Carson

I welcome your comments and experiences!

Comments (6)

There is nothing more true than this. After 6pm in the evenings and early in the mornings while my daughter was growing up I never answered phones to chit chat. It was my ritual for us to share our undivided attention. Many couples should do this too. I remember a more simple time when I was growing up when there were no cell phones, no internet, no outside world to distract people. And families were closer, more loving, more wanting to be with and to there for one another. Great blog!wave teddybear
Honestly that is true my parents did the same thing with all of us.. my father called Sunday Fun day and family day, Mostly my dad out somewhere with Core diplomats so he always saved Sunday for us. As well they pull plugs from telephones everyday 17:00 till 19:00 dinner time always family time. I do the same with my daughter. Wednesday is half day school here. I work only few hours that day. We do many things together, either we go to lunch or bake something together or something craft work, or go by one of her friends and pick the friend and go some where else do picnic, very great blog Gentle and that concept dos not known by every one for some reason. teddybear teddybear Thank you for sharing!
Hi Jim
Our quality time when I was a child was suppertime. There was no excuse other than real sickness not to attend and often we would sit there for another hour just talking. Mostly this spirit of togetherness flowed over into cleaning the kitchen when everybody had to chip in. Ans somehow it was fun helping. The mood was right.
cheers wave
Thank you Theresa, Zeu and Cat. It is very important especially when you have children.

When I was married many years ago, my wife and I set Tues eves aside for family night. No tv! We started by eating dinner together and it was usually something special that the kids really liked. We sat and talked after dinner which was a great time!thumbs up Played games, researched things in the encyclopedia which I assigned each child. They loved it. Weather permitting, we go outdoors and play games! That was an awesome time in my life!yay

People who do not spend quality time with their family are missing some wonderful times in their lives!thumbs up
I had to read your blog title twice jim because for a moment there I thought you said, One of the Greatest Girls blushing thought you was taking about me rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing

cheers bouquet cheers
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Buttercup, you were close...but no the saying goes.rolling on the floor laughing

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