Yesterday a father, his daughter and son who were probably Standard 3 and below walking into Barney’s. They sat down, I gave them the menu. Then the father signaled me and I walked towards his table, took their orders. His son ordered fish, his daughter ordered chicken, both with their father’s permission. And the father just ordered a chicken sandwich for himself.
Maybe he wasn’t hungry. Or maybe he already ate. But, maybe he didn’t want to spend so much on just a meal. Maybe he couldn’t spend so much on a meal. Well, he knew eating at Barney’s would be expensive, but maybe not as expensive as he thought it would actually be.
He knew the risk he was taking before he entered Barney’s. And he took the risk! Maybe all he wanted after his pay day was probably to give a little once-in-a-while treat to his children. Take them on to some place they have never been. Some place where the father himself did not have a chance to go when he was young.
It melts my heart. To think of how much a parent can love a child. Just by their simple acts, yet, so much sacrifice and risk.
Who knows? He might be struggling to pay off some bills this month. Though it may not be very good planning of money usage, but if he is willing to sacrifice money for the love of his children, how much more willing will he be able to sacrifice other things, maybe even his life, for his children. Just because of LOVE.
And how much much much more love, our Heavenly Father pours out to us. Sometimes, in simple ways and acts we just don’t seem to appreciate, or even, take notice of.
Before I left work yesterday, I was talking to one of the chefs. And it really made me a little dishearten when he said, “To me, my view of live is: There is no such thing as love. It’s just an illusion.”
To end this post, let me just say that a parent’s love is simply amazes me. And when a child is taken away, wow. Having to let go is not easy.