The other day I was dusting my little ones bedroom. On top of his dresser sits a large personalized piggy bank. When he was baptized I invited those in attendance to sign it for him. My first child had one and I thought it would be nice for the second one to have one as well.
While I was dusting, I took the time to look over a few of the inscriptions, and one jumped out at me. It read as follows:
God Bless you,____, You bring so much joy and happiness to my life. Love, ____
Sweet sentiment, isn’t it?
But, guess what?
This relative hasn’t even asked me how this little one is in over a year, how my other child is, or how I am.
She is very busy. Life is hectic. Running here and there. Hardly has time to fit everything into her day. She doesn’t seem to have time to communicate or acknowledge anyone anymore.
I can’t think of a birthday or Christmas that I’ve missed in her child’s life. Not one. I’ve yet to miss her birthday. You wouldn’t believe the number of calls or texts I’ve sent in support of job interviews, checking to see how doctor appointments went, or just to see how they were doing. I’m not saying that I’ve done these things because I expect them in return. I’ve done them because I care. What I am saying is that it is sad how some can so easily disregard those that they claim are important to them.
It is amazing that one who supposedly brings so much joy and happiness to another can be easily forgotten and dismissed. It takes two minutes to pick up the phone or a quick moment to send a happy birthday text. Quite difficult to do when you can’t fit anything else into your day though, right?
Two hours or more each night.
She has time for that.
Something to think about, isn’t it?
I think it’s great that you can receive 51 happy birthday comments on Facebook because of all the friends you’ve reconnected with or made online. On Twitter you can receive 18 good luck tweets fairly quickly before heading out the door to an interview because you have 500+ followers and you sent out one tweet.
But turn off your computer for a minute.
Forget about Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and your other social media sites.
Pretend it’s your birthday.
Your phone rings. Who is it?
It rings again. Who is it now?
Who are the people that are truly a part of your life? Those that truly care about you?
Are you neglecting them?