The teacher asked the pupils to tell the meaning of lovingkindness.

A little boy jumped up and said, "Well, if I was hungry and someone gave me a piece of bread, that would be kindness. But if they put a little jelly on it, that would be lovingkindness."

Bless the LORD Oh my soul; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things.

Kindness provides a house but love makes a home. Kindness packs an adequate sack lunch, but love puts a note of encouragement inside. Kindness provides a television set or computer as a learning aid, but love controls the remote control and cares enough to insist a child sign off. Kindness sends a child to bed on time, but love tucks the covers around a child's neck and provides a goodnight hug and kiss. Kindness cooks a meal, but love selects your "favorite foods" menu and lights the candles. Kindness writes a thank you note, but love thinks to include a joke or photograph or bookmark inside the envelope. Kindness keeps a clean and tidy house, but love adds a bouquet of fresh flowers. Kindness pours a glass of milk, but love occasionally adds alittle chocolate sauce.

Kindness is doing what is decent, basic, courteous, and necessary for an even, smooth and gentle flow of life. Love is taking the extra step to make life truly exciting, creative and meaningful. Love is what makes things special.


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