"The great gift of family life it to be intimately acquainted with people you might never even introduce yourself to, had life not done it for you." ~Kendell Hailey~
I received this story in an e-mail today and it really spoke to me, so I thought I would share it with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
In a zoo in California, a tiger was pregnant with triplet cubs. This is very rare and due to complications the cubs were born prematurely. After the mother recovered from the delivery her health started to decline. She was perfectly healthy, but she was mourning the lose of her cubs.
The veterinarians at the zoo decided that the tiger may get better if she had some orphan cubs to raise. The sad news was that no orphan cubs were found. The only orphans found were some weanling pigs. The veterinarians "dressed" the piglets in tiger skin and placed them next to the mother tiger. They then stepped back to see what would happen! The results are amazing!
This is when the piglets were first put next to the mother tiger.
It didn't take long for everyone to become more comfortable with each other.
This story got me thinking. The days of the Cleavers are gone. The idea of a family being a mom, dad, and 2.5 children is becoming more and more rare. So many times we strive for our idea of a family. Families come in many shapes and sizes. When we were young, we all had an idea of what our family would look like. How many of us have that family? A family is people who love each other and come together with the same goals and dreams. None of our families are perfect, but we should embrace them and accept each member for their differences. A family is the one place we should always find acceptance. Even if we all look and act differently. If animals can do this, I know we can too.
I also wanted to share with you something that happened at school today. One of my students came in this morning with a cross he had made out of Popsicle sticks in Sunday School. He was very proud of it and wanted to show it to me. As I was looking at it, he said, "I tried to draw a picture of Jesus, but I messed up, so I covered the picture up with glitter." I immediately thought, "That is how life should be." We all make mistakes and mess up, but when we do we should cover it up with "glitter." The "glitter" can be many different things. It can be the love of a spouse, family member, or friend who provides the "glitter". "Glitter" can be accepting our mistakes and trying to correct them in the future. So many times when we make a mistake, we think it is the end of the world. From now on what I want us to do is cover it up with "glitter." Every one's "glitter" is different, but the end result can be the same. I don't know about you, but a door-to-door salesman selling glitter could clean up in this house...lol!
Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate all of you wonderful comments and e-mails. They mean so much to me and brighten my day more than I can ever express to you. Always remember that your family may not look like your neighbor's family, but you are blessed to have them. You were placed together not by accident, but for a greater purpose. Embrace your family's uniqueness and never doubt its value and importance. I also want you to remember that if you make a mistake, do not dwell on it. Cover it up with "glitter" and move on! I hope all of you have a wonderful evening. Thank you again for your visit!