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A touching story from the heart unfolds,
Of a box of kisses wrapped in gold.

A man punished his daughter, so the story goes,
For finishing a roll of paper to wrap a box in gold.
They could not even afford decorative Christmas socks,
Yet the girl had used up good paper to decorate a box.
Money was tight hence the man was very angry;
Nevertheless the girl placed the box under the tree.

The next morning however, to the man’s surprise,
His daughter brought to him the box before his eyes.
“This is for you Daddy” she said in affection;
The man felt embarrassed for his earlier overreaction.
But when he opened the box he found it was empty,
And once again he became very angry.

“Don’t you know when you give someone a present, there is supposed to be something inside?” he yelled

The girl looked at her father and replied to him, as tears from her little eyes fell:

“Oh Daddy, it is not empty, I blew kisses into the box. They are all for you Daddy.”

The father was crushed and gave his little girl a hug. “I’m so sorry,” he sobbed, “Please forgive me.”

A short time later, in an accident, the little girl died,
And it is told her father kept the gold box by his bedside.
For many years, whenever he felt depressed,
He would open the box to put his sadness to rest.
Taking out an imaginary kiss, he would remember
The love and tenderness of his precious daughter.

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Self-portrait taken with a Canon PowerShot ELPH 300HS on portrait mode. Lighting is natural and I used a gown as my background.

I wrote the poem above based on a story by an unknown author. A few versions have been rewritten to be about a mother and her daughter; and in every case the message is the same: In a very real sense, each one of us as human beings have been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses; from our children, family members, friends, and God. There is simply no other possession anyone could hold more precious than this.

This is something I’m trying to remind myself more; my resolution is to be kinder to my family.

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  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful story Mui_Ling, it reminded me a little of when my sister passed two years ago I was clearing out her things and came accross a tiny box with a bow on it , and a little label saying my wish list , I opened it and read it and cried my eyes out , it was wishes for the family .
    I have still got the box and I would not part with it for anything. xx

  • Awww, such a beautiful story Irene; quite similar to this one. I’m so sorry for the loss of your sister, but thank you for sharing that touching story xx.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 2 years ago

    It has brought tears to my eyes just thinking about it now xx

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehalmost 2 years ago

    A touching story from a parent unfolds
    Of a box of kisses wrapped in gold.

    A man punished his daughter, so the story goes,
    For finishing a roll of paper to wrap a box in gold.
    They could not even afford decorative Christmas socks,
    Yet the girl had used up good paper to decorate a box.
    Money was tight hence the man was very angry;
    Nevertheless the girl placed the box under the tree.

    The next morning however, to the man’s surprise,
    His daughter brought to him the box before his eyes.
    “This is for you Daddy” she said in affection;
    The man felt embarrassed for his earlier overreaction.
    But when he opened the box he found it was empty,
    And once again he became very angry.

    “Don’t you know when you give someone a present, there is supposed to be something inside?” he yelled

    The girl looked at her father and replied to him, as tears from her little eyes fell:

    “Oh Daddy, it is not empty, I blew kisses into the box. They are all for you Daddy.”

    The father was crushed and gave his little girl a hug. “I’m so sorry,” he sobbed, “Please forgive me.”

    A short time later, in an accident, the little girl died,
    And it is told her father kept the gold box by his bedside.
    For many years, whenever he felt depressed,
    He would open the box to put his sadness to rest.
    Taking out an imaginary kiss and remember
    The love and tenderness of his precious daughter.

    August 25, 2012 © Copyright Mui-Ling Teh. All rights reserved.

  • correction: “A touching story from the heart unfolds,” – not that it matters but I meant to say heart.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Greybeard
    Greybeardalmost 2 years ago

    You have captured the perfect pose to fit the story Mui-Ling Tec. The story is as beautiful as the picture. Well done, Terry

  • Thank you very much Greybeard. I’m glad you like the pose because in all honesty that was where I was really struggling! This concept went through many trials over a few weeks – I kept coming back to it – all because I was never happy with the pose – even when I said to myself sometimes that it is done, I’d come back to it days later and thing “Hmmm, something is not quite right…” The story, I agree, is a beautiful. Thanks again!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchalmost 2 years ago

    beautiful portrait and story xx

  • Thank you very much Lissywitch xx

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Ingz
    Ingzalmost 2 years ago

    I am so moved by these beautiful words and picture Mui-Ling xxxx

  • Thank you very much Ingz, I’m very pleased to hear my words and image has moved you xx

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...almost 2 years ago

    Sweet, sensual and sincere at the same time. Lovely illustration of the story Mui-Ling!

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 2 years ago

    dear Mui-Ling, your image is absolutely Beautiful and the story is the most heart touching, thank you so much for posting in our group!
    August-25-2012

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  • Thank you Laura Retyi. I am most happy to share the story, and appreciate the feature very much!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadalmost 2 years ago

    Precious indeed.

  • Thank you Mark xx

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 2 years ago

    Oh my goodness how sad…what a lovely photo MuiLing…

  • It sure is a sad story… but a beautiful one. Thank you so much Janis.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

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