Aries Smith, my cutie great, great nephew (Photo courtesy of Pam Fussell Woods)
TODAY THE WORDS are OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES. This topic is inspired by two of our six grandsons visiting us a couple of weekends ago. We, as adults, try to express ourselves in a tactful way while children call it as they see it. There is a sense of innocent air when a child is in your presence and it is refreshing for a change. It is a lesson to all of us grown up kids, who some are more grown up than others to remember; innocence is a good thing. If a child likes something he or she is eating, the words yum or yummy; if they don’t, they express that dislike as much. Adventures and new things are expressed with eyes wide open, smiles on their faces and they truly enjoy life at its best. They don’t have any trouble telling grown ups if they are not ready to do things; they express when they are ready. Statements like Abram and Nolan were saying, “We don’t like spiders but we would go on spaceships” shows the broad spectrum of their imagination. It is easy for them to say I love Nana; I love Granddaddy but either of us may go up or down on the scale of love and we may score 100 million or 500 billion at any given time. We work hard to get the 500 I can assure you and there is fierce competition between Nana and Granddaddy. Now for the deeper thought…..Innocence is sometimes lost in the adult world and I may not be advocating that we become children and say what always comes to our mind. On this trip, Nolan who has been trying to master his manners of Yes Sir or Mam, Thank You, Please, etc. decided when he mistakenly said Yes Sir to Nana to say them all at one time so he would say it, this is the way he said it, “Yes Sir, No Mam, Thank You, Please” all in one breath. All we could do is smile! Children can say things and it is looked at humorously, but what comes out of adult mouths should reflect others’ reaction to what we say. We should, however, be honest with our thoughts and intentions. Deceit is not healthy for young or old. Remember, children learn from adults and if they hear things that are not true or honest, they learn fast and therefore, innocence may be lost. God loves pureness, truthfulness, innocence, and most importantly, love. All parents, all grandparents, stop for a moment, and close your eyes…..think of one of the precious little ones who says openly and honestly, “I love you Nana Five Hundred Billion” ! Love is wonderful with life thrown in; Life is wonderful with love thrown in!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
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