September 4, 2014
Laughter helps bridge a generation gap.
I hope you are able to laugh about your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, students, and children in the neighborhood now that they are back in school (at least in the Northern Hemisphere). I would like to think that you were able to laugh about them (and with them) even when they were home and underfoot.
You see, we all need a little bit of humor — maybe a big dollop of humor — when we’re dealing with the younger generation.So when you get a bit frustrated, don’t worry, those young folks will someday be struggling with their own children. When they do, they, like you, can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to His own children.
Here is a story about what happened to God when he brought children into the world.
After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing he said was “DON’T!”
“Don’t what?” Adam replied.
“Don’t eat the forbidden fruit.” God said.
“Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey Eve…we have forbidden fruit!!!!!”
“Do NOT eat the fruit!” said God.
“Because I am your Father and I said so!” God replied, wondering why He hadn’t stopped creation after making the elephants.
A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked!
“Didn’t I tell you not to eat the fruit?” God asked.
“Uh huh,” Adam replied.
“Then why did you?” said the Father.
“I don’t know,” said Eve.
“She started it!” Adam said.
Having had it with the two of them, God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.
BUT THERE IS REASSURANCE IN THE STORY!
If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven’t taken it, don’t be hard on yourself. If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT!
- You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.
- Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your own children.
- Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.
- Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.
- The main purpose of holding children’s parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.
- We child proofed our homes, but they are still getting in.
ADVICE FOR THE DAY:
Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home.
AND FINALLY: IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF TENSION AND YOU GET A HEADACHE, DO WHAT IT SAYS ON THE ASPIRIN BOTTLE:
“TAKE TWO ASPIRIN” AND “KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN”
— Author unknown
P.S. I thought of adding some other quotations about parenting — ones that had a bit more positive slant — but since this is offered just to give you a chuckle, I won’t spoil it by getting serious.