Sunday, February 14, 2010

Forgive and ForWHAT?

When I was a kid, 9 or 10 years old, I was riding in the back seat, unseen, unheard,  and unbuckled, listening to a conversation between the two grown-ups in the front:

"...and she should never...and she's so this and so that...and she ALWAYS does this to us...and furthermore, and so forth...well, I'll forgive, but I WON'T forget," he declared.

"No, of course not," she replied. "That would be foolish. I don't forget, but that doesn't mean I haven't forgiven."

To which he responded, "People never change. Forgiving is NOT forgetting; after all, we can't help it if we remember. "

They nodded. They agreed. They grew old. They forgot, but not the wrongs done them. By the look of them now it seems they forgot that they had ever promised to forgive.

Much Love,

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