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Monday, July 13, 2009

Beautiful Picture


By Tes

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” ~Jane Howard


This was published in my old blog almost a year ago. Let me share and anchor us back to the beauty of “family”

One Sunday, at church, there was a very tall African guy (Doods estimated his height at about 6’4”), who was standing at the back of the church near the huge doors, he was serving as one of the ushers. During the peace-be-with-you greeting, we witnessed this huge, stern-looking guy -who appears to regard his surrounding too seriously- walked in front of us, where, we discovered, his family was seated and from behind, poked each one gently, a smile cracked his stoic facade and then warmly kissed every single member of his family, his wife and three sons. There would have been nothing unusual about the act except, the boys were almost about as tall as his 64 frame. He kissed every one of his boys on the cheek like they were five-year olds. I felt the parent’s blessing going out to his children. I am not inhibited to parents’ affection, the picture they created made me smile and reach out to touch Doods’s hand and he squeezed mine in silence.

What a beautiful picture.


7 comments:

  1. Hi Tes, miss you :) Hope you are enjoying your Philippines and tour of Asia Vacation.

    What you shared is indeed a very beautiful picture of family Tes. I remembered this from your old blog. I am always touched to see family especially in church that openly express their love and affection for each other, I admire to see them giving each other hugs and kiss during the peace part of the mass too.

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  2. Beautiful story! Makes me smile because my husband is very much like the African guy.. He's never ashamed of showing or expressing his love and affection not only for me but our little boy whether in church, grocery stores, parks, or anywhere we are. He also keeps telling our son not to be embarrassed kissing his Daddy ( and Mommy ) even when reach 30 years old, hehe!

    Thank you for sharing this heart warming story!


    Debbie :)

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  3. Oh, indeed such a beautiful sight sis...sometimes looks can really be deceiving...sweet men can come in small and large packages...no matter how they look, the best of husbands and fathers will always glow...and on families...this phrase is so old but i love it because it is hanged on a wall in our old house below mine, my dad and mom's and bro's names- "A family that prays together, stays together."..miss you Tesya!

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  4. what a beautiful and touching story! like Debbie, this made me smile too. need i say more? hehe! :)

    Tes, thanks for painting in our memory such a beautiful picture!

    btw,may hang-over pa ako sweet rendezvous natin. it's great to have met in person a truly wonderful and kindhearted woman like you. you will always be my inspiration! :)

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  5. oh! tesya...such a touching moment. a story that can be passed down from one generation to another and warms our hearts....truly inspiring!!

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  6. I truly enjoy looking at parents (especially dads) when they show affection like this to their children. I always think about this blog everytime I am in church.

    Thanks Tesya ! And oh you and Cher already met ?? Awesome !!!

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  7. i like the picture and the story behind it.

    I still kiss my parents during the "peace be with you" time so as my hubs =)

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