Monday, September 14, 2009

~ Burnt Toast ~

~ Embracing Imperfection ~
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This writing is shared by Ann, a wonderful writer friend of mine.)

When I was a little girl, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now & then. And I remember one night in particular when she made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage & extremely burned toast in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his toast, smile at my mom & ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter & jelly on that toast & eat every bite!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the toast. And I'll never forget what he said:"Baby, I love burned toast."

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy goodnight & I asked him if he really liked his toast burned. He wrapped me in his arms & said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today & she's real tired. And besides - a little burnt toast never hurt anyone!"

You know, life is full of imperfect things ... & imperfect people. I'm not the best housekeeper or cook. What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other's faults - & choosing to celebrate each other's differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, & lasting relationship.

And that's my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, & the ugly parts of your life & lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where burnt toast isn't a deal-breaker! We could extend this to any relationship in fact - as understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!

"Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - keep it in your own."

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28 comments:

  1. Your Daddy was a wise man! Thank you for so eloquently reminding us that God is bigger than any problem and always in control. Something this old farm chick needs to be reminded every now and again. Have yourself an enjoyable day in the Lord!!!

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  2. I must say that was a beautiful and true indeed post!! I remember my grandmom making burnt toast all the time,but she loved it that way! lol And now that I think about it I just dunked it in my watery hot choc. and enjoyed my evening w/ her! Needless to say I don't like either now! lol Hmmm,I wonder way,but that wasn't on my mind then! lol Many "BLESSINGS"!
    Natalie,

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  3. Wow Marydon, I had a really tough day yesterday, and this little story really gave me some encouragement. Thanks for passing it along.

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  4. This is such a wonderful testament to "not taking yourself too seriously"!!
    Have a wonderful day!!
    Love,
    Marilyn

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  5. Boy, your Dad is a special, very wise fellow. Since I accepted Christ, I've tried to live my life like that: being more forgiving of others imperfections 'cause I'm loaded with 'em too.

    That's a really sweet memory. Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

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  6. Wonderful post, Marydon! Everything was said beautifully and so there is not a word I can add to it. Have a happy day. Vicki

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  7. What a wonderful view on life... I must remember that each day... Bisous... Julie Marie

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  8. Lovely words :)
    Wonderful to read !!
    love
    Kareltje =^.^=
    Anya :)

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  9. I think we had the same Daddy! Beautiful story. Sharon

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  10. So wonderful to read. Truly enjoyed it!
    Thanks for stopping by!
    *hugs*deb

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  11. What a lucky little girl! To have such a wise Daddy!

    And what a wise and lovely lesson, to learn...

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  12. What a lovely post. So wise and so true. Thank you for sharing this.
    Hugs, Sue

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  13. Very sweet and touching. I need to think of others and how there day is going more often. Thanks! :O)

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  14. Hi Sweet Peanut Butter -
    What a beautiful post. I so love your Daddy. He was a very smart man wasn't he? He truly loved your Moma. It's nice to have a reminder. We are all the same no how rich or how poor, how healthy or how sick, no matter what color the skin, we all have imperfections, and that is okay. We are all made by God. I love you sweetie, Sherry

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  15. What a beautiful post..... how true are those words.... thank you Marydon for reminding me we all have faults but that it does not really matter....

    Have a great day Hun, am off to visit your friends new blog.

    Lyn xxx

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  16. Hi Marydon,

    Such a lovely post and very wise words from your Daddy. We do need to accept the good the bad and the ugly and celebrate each others differences.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  17. Very sweet and inspirational post. Thanks for your kind comments on my bedroom redo.

    Hugs,
    LeAnn

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  18. Hello Marydon, me again... I cannot seem to get on that blog...help??? Julie Marie

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  19. Hi Marydon,
    Okay, this was soo sweet, and soo true.. If we all would remember to live this way, wouldn't this world be a much kinder place !! Somethings matter, but, I believe most things really don't... Thanks for sharing your heart !! I don't like burnt toast, but well, okay, I would take a little bite !! hahahaha.. Love to you~
    hugs ~tea~xo

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  20. Wonderful and inspirational post!!

    Jen

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  21. That was a wonderful post and brought tears to my eyes remembering the wonderful relationship my Mom and Dad had. Thank you for posting that.

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  22. Thank you for this beautiful touching post.
    ~ Hugs and blessings to you sweet friend !

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  23. Just what I needed today. Thanks so much for sharing. Take good care!

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  24. It is funny how God gives you things when you need them. After a rough day and feeling overwhelmed at work, I click on your blog and read this story. Puts things in perspective and calms me for a good night of rest. Thanks for that!
    Denis

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  25. I loved this post so very much... thanks for sharing and loving my imperfections :) have a great week.

    Sheila

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  26. What a beautiful, sweet memory to have of your parents. Thank you for sharing something so special!

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