People-Not Things-Are Important
Barbara Howard of Independence, MO, USA
And they shall also teach their children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord. -Doctrine and Covenants 68:4c
I loved the teapot. It was the last gift my mother had given me, and I treasured it above all other possessions. It had seemed so elegant the day I opened it in our drab university apartment. I was five months pregnant and felt very unlovely the day I first tipped it and heard it tinkle “Tea for Two.”
I never used it, but would frequently wind it up and let my two sons listen to it. One day I heard a crash and rushed into the kitchen to see my lovely teapot shattered on the floor. My young son ran to me crying, “I broke your pretty teapot.” I was not angry-I was devastated! All I could do was hold him, rock him back and forth, and cry with him. “It’s not things that are important; it’s people that matter. People are important; things are not important.”
I still treasure that moment I shared with my son when I realized I did not need a teapot to remind me of my mother’s love. After all, it was she who had taught me well that people are more important than things.”
-Reprinted from Journey of Joy, Herald House, 1990, p. 47
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