A few weeks ago, my friends and I had to drag our husbands to the Circus with the kids. None of them were very happy about having to go. But being the good sports that they are, and having each other to complain to the whole time, I think the enjoyed it, in spite of themselves... And then while watching Conference, Jeff was very touched when Our Prophet said this:
"I love the following example, taken from an article entitled “A Day at the Beach” by Arthur Gordon. Said he:
“When I was around thirteen and my brother ten, Father had promised to take us to the circus. But at lunchtime there was a phone call; some urgent business required his attention downtown. We braced ourselves for disappointment. Then we heard him say, ‘No, I won’t be down. It’ll have to wait.’
“When he came back to the table, Mother smiled [and said,] ‘The circus keeps coming back, you know.’
“ ‘I know,’ said Father. ‘But childhood doesn’t.’ ” 5
My brothers and sisters, time with your children is fleeting. Do not put off being with them now. Someone put it another way: Live only for tomorrow, and you will have a lot of empty yesterdays today."
While I was looking for the exact quote on LDS.org, I discovered that Thomas S. Monson had used this story in at least 3 other talks. He must think it is pretty important.
Jeff was glad he went.
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