A brief talk on giving and recieving.

That is what we were taught when we were kids. It is true but at times you have to be on the receiving end so that someone else can get the good feelings you get when you help someone else.

I grew up in a big family I have 5 sisters and 2 brothers. My Dad had too much pride. He refused to accept help from anyone. He always said he could take care of his children he did not need anyone’s help. The reality was we were poor and we suffered because of his pride.

Here is a short story that shows exactly what kind of Father I had. When we were young my Grandma use to visit us (She was one of the most beautiful women I have ever known. She would give you the shirt off her back if you asked for it). Every time she visited she would bring us presents. One day My Dad caught his mother-in-law in the kitchen and jumped on her. He said “I don’t want charity, anything my family needs I can provide. Quit giving them things.” Grandma got really mad (Which did not happen often) and she told him. “Who are you to deny me the pleasure I get by giving things to my grandchildren?” He said after that he looked at things a lot different.

Luckily we had a Mother who was not afraid to accept help. We got a lot of hand-me downs from neighbors. We would get new clothes at the beginning of the school year the rest of the time we would wear whatever used clothes my Mom was able to get hold of.

I remember our school lunches. Every morning Mom would clean off the counter and count the kids going to school that day and set out twice that many slices of bread. Then she would put jelly on half the slices and peanut butter on the other half. She would put the pieces together wrap them up and put them in lunch bags and that was our lunches. We also got money to buy milk everyday at school. I don’t know what the other kids did but I always had friends that had stuff in their lunches they decided they didn’t want, so I took it. I usually ended up with a pretty good lunch thanks to my friends.

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  • Real Estate Kerala on Aug 7, 2012

    Nice Aricle. Give and take best policy. The more you give the more you get.

  • johnmariow on Aug 7, 2012

    A poignant story. Well written. Thanks for sharing.

  • johnmariow on Aug 7, 2012

    Excellent article.

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