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All of our daughters are wonderfully cool and beautifully talented. They each have so much going for them they couldn’t possibly ever capitalize on each trait. Not in 20 lifetimes.
However, our oldest, Emily, has a birthday coming up – so this particular post is devoted entirely to her. Even though she’s young, I think there are lots of things we could all learn from her.
Sure, she has her oddities:
- She’s a die-hard Packer’s fan, even this year.
- She, for some reason, likes Junior rather than Stewart.
- She picks olives off her pizza, and peas out of her stew.
- Our senile cat is of more use in the kitchen than her.
- She drinks her tea unsweetened.
- She drinks her coffee black and unsweetened.
- She reads classical literature without being made to.
A few of those are borderline unforgivable.
But she’s also, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful, funniest, smartest, and most generous people in the world. There are only a few people I’ve ever known who are as generous as her, and I’ve never known anyone more generous. You know the phrase about the person who’d give you their last dollar, or the shirt off of their back? That’s Em. But she’s not just generous with money or material things, she’s generous with her time, her compliments, and her smiles. I’ve lost count of the times when one of those smiles has taken the knots out of my day.
I could go on forever about her brains, beauty, wit, talent, etc. What can I say, I’m a proud mother! But the thing that I want most to shine a spotlight on is her generosity.
It seems that most people, let alone young people, are unbelievably self-serving these days. They remind me of new born babies. If they don’t get every single thing they want WHEN they want it, they turn red and start to fuss and cry. They do absolutely nothing for anyone else, but want everything in the world done for them. They want everything handed to them and insist on their needs being attended to irregardless of what you may have going on at the time.
It’s very rare that anyone looks past themselves anymore. I think the reason is that they’ll find someone who needs or wants something, then HEAVEN FORBID, something might be expected from them.
Thank God for the Emily’s of the world, and a special thanks to Him for giving me one of them.
We love you, Em, Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Make each moment count double,