Kiss My Ring

18819CFD-DE92-438A-95C0-06E282DC1E34“Show some gratitude to your father,” my mother used to tell me.

“I am grateful,” I would insist.

“Well, you’re not acting like it,” she would tell me.

“What do yo want me to do?” I’d ask. “Genuflect and kiss his ring?”

And then she’d smack me across the face. It was our little routine when she thought I was taking too much for granted.

I actually was very grateful for everything my parents had provided me with when I was young. Our home, the food we ate, my clothing. My father worked long hours, six days a week, at a blue collar job to make sure his family was safe, secure, and that all of our basic needs were met. I appreciated that, I really did.

But because of his long hours, he didn’t spend a lot of time with me, like most of my friends’ fathers did with their sons. I resented that. I know I shouldn’t have, but being the self-centered kid that I was, I did.

Nowadays I thank people for doing something nice for me and my family. I send out thank you notes or emails when someone does me a solid. And I am genuinely grateful.

But even though I feel grateful, expressing that gratitude is not something I’m particularly good at. And that might give some people the impression that I take too much for granted.

Just ask my wife when I forget to thank her for cooking the delicious meal she just made for me.


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “gratitude.”

5 thoughts on “Kiss My Ring

    • Fandango October 29, 2017 / 12:45 pm

      Not sure. I think it’s been a thing with kings and popes for a long time. Good topic for you to research and post about.

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      • newepicauthor October 29, 2017 / 2:56 pm

        Yes, I was aware about the Pope’s ring which is called “the fisherman’s ring”, and this represents Saint Peter dropping the fishing net from his boat and kissing this ring is a way of showing respect. I also knew that a king’s subjects would kiss his ring and robe, his hands, or even the ground before him. I did find that it was an Italian tradition as I suspected, but I did not know that it was also a Mexican tradition. The hand kiss eventually evolved into the handshake. Shaking a person’s hand, or tipping your hat, grew out of a custom to indicate to the other person that there are no hidden weapons up your sleeve, or hidden under your hat. The Romans believed that the left ‘ring finger’ has a vein that goes directly to your heart and that is why a wedding ring is placed on that finger.

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  1. Sight11 October 29, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    Well everyone agrees that parent are best. (Children are worst, boo….)

    Liked by 1 person

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