Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Sign I Grew Up Reading

I like stories. Do you like stories

Growing up, my parents always had the same sign hanging in their foyer. 

It was just there adding beauty as it hung above the antique table and antique lamp. No one ever talked about it, so you would think that it was simply a "decoration."

Fast forward 20 years and my parents were downsizing and moving from our childhood home. They asked my siblings and I if there was anything in their home that we wanted to take and put in ours. There were many beautiful antiques in their home but with little ones in our home and the distance to move items here, I knew it would be difficult to bring anything home.

But then I remembered the sign in the foyer.

The sign that taught me an important lesson about friendship.

I told my mom and dad that I would like to have that sign.

But the sign was hidden in a box somewhere, unable to be found. 

It was there somewhere. 

Then I was talking to my mom about the sign and she mentioned that one of my brothers had also talked of wanting that sign. :-) Isn't it funny how simple decorations can teach valuable lessons to children living there?

So one day I was window shopping in Kirklands and came across this blank chalkboard sign. I knew exactly what I wanted to write on it.

So I brought it home...pulled out my chalk...and wrote.

I immediately wondered if people would think I had gone a little bit overboard with chalkboard paint in our home.

But then I realized that I didn't mind at all if they did.

Because I now had the same phrase hanging up in my home that I had grown up reading.

And now my kids will grow up reading it too!

It isn't just the words that we say to our kids that can affect them.

But the ones that we let them read as well.

to have a friend you have to be a friend

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