This has been a reflective time for me. With spring fast approaching, it reminds me of the renewal of life and of times past. I had posted the “The House By The Side Of The Road” a very long time ago (on my former blog) and thought it worth revisiting.
Easter is a time to reflect, give thanks for our many blessings, spend time with family and friends and to share with others less fortunate. My father was a kind man and would often invite strangers to join us for our Easter feast and spend the day with his family. Many were not in a good way. The meal and fellowship that were offered to these less fortunate people were gratefully accepted. As kids, we would complain about having weird people come to OUR Easter feast and our home.
As I look back I now understand what a gift that was to ones who shared our table and to us, his (my father) children, as an example of how to treat our fellow man in need. Below is my Father’s favorite poem. Every time I read this poem I am reminded of how much it spoke to who my father was as a human being with his warm and giving heart.
The House by the Side of the Road
by Sam Walter Ross
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.
When you reflect, where does your mind take you? What are some of your family memories that warm your heart?
Life’s journey continues…