Archive for June, 2008

Teamwork

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

My sister’s family once again visited my home this past weekend. I’m really enjoying being so close to family. My 4 year old niece is proving to be a regular source of entertainment.

For those of you who aren’t around small children very often, you may not be aware of a show called The Wonder Pets. They are animated pets who travel the globe saving animals in trouble. They teach how important it is to share and work together. My niece loves to sing the theme song to the program. It is a catchy tune. While belting the song out in my living room, my 7 month old son decided to make a play for her favorite blanket. This is what I overheard:

“What’s gonna work…team work!”
“David, give me my blanket!
“What’s gonna work…team work!”
“No, David that is MINE!”

Ah, classic. She has such enthusiasm for the song. The concept is another story. I definitely enjoyed a giggle or two over that one. Kids are no different from adults though. Our actions often contradict our words.

A few weeks ago my niece’s dad had a laugh at his expense over something similar. We were decorating for a birthday party. My niece was getting carried away and started grabbing streamers and scissors from me without asking nicely if she could use them. Her father quickly intervened and told her how that wasn’t nice and that she needed to wait her turn and say please if she wanted to use something. She accepted his words and offered an apology. Not two breaths later her father was getting up on a chair to attach a streamer to the ceiling. While doing so he ordered “give me the tape” and swiped it from his daughter’s hands.  I enjoyed pointing out how he hadn’t waited his turn or asked nicely to use the tape. Watching dad apologize to daughter was sweet.

No matter what our age, we are all human.  When we take the time to pay attention we find reminders of that truth everywhere.

One With Nature

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Our new home backs up to a nice wooded area.  The many windows often gives us the sense we are outdoors when we sit in our family room.  It was even more true when rain water from last night’s storm started dripping from our ceiling.  Ah, gotta love that sound.  So serene.  That drip, drip, drip could lull the fussiest baby to sleep.  The weatherman says it is supposed to rain for the next 3 days straight too.  Try and buy that kind of luck.

Because God Said So

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

The Select Quote Life Insurance Company gets a giant eye roll from me today. I happened to catch one of their commercials where a pastor, who does not have life insurance for his family, learns about the death of another pastor who had no benefits to help the family he left behind. It was a “sign” that it was time for him to look into life insurance. Other people from his church recommended Select Quote. He called and was happy to learn he qualified for a $350,000 policy for under $25 a month. It’s amazing how God inserts himself into our daily lives and sends us messages on what we need to do (my words, not theirs). Groan.

Very clever ad campaign. I’m sure some will respond and call Select Quote. It’s God’s will, afterall. It is a bit ironic to see a pastor (or was an actor who plays one on T.V.) promoting life insurance over faith. Not that there isn’t a place for both in life. It did strike me as funny.

Who Knew

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Good grief.  In trying to show my 2 year old her world I am learning how much I don’t know about it myself.  Now I see why it is said the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else.  Can you believe I was actually stumped this morning over whether or not a penguin hatches from an egg?  Thanks to Google, I now know for sure it does.  Sounds stupid, I know.  Doubting something that seems obvious occurs more often with me these days.  As I attempt to explain everything to Olivia though, I am finding myself doubting every little thing I’ve taken for granted or assumed to be true.  It seems so important to get it all right.  I’m actually enjoying paying attention to these kinds of details about life again.

Are You Okay To Drive

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Last weekend I overheard my neighbors asking a person who was leaving their home if he was “okay to drive.”  From the giggles and loud banter, it wasn’t hard to guess alcohol had been a part of their day.  Though asking if a person feels able to drive is better than nothing, it seems if one has the urge to pose the question the person on the receiving end probably shouldn’t be behind the wheel.  It’s no secret judgment is compromised by alcohol.  Of course, in situations where everyone has had a few, there really is no one with a clear head to make the right decisions.  The person being asked isn’t of the mind to say he shouldn’t be behind the wheel.  Those questioning  his ability to drive aren’t of the mind to know when a “yes” really should be a “no.”  It really reinforces the importance of electing at least one non-drinker for every occasion.

There Comes A Time…

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

I like Hillary.  Really, I do.  I understand her reluctance to concede defeat to Barrack Obama.  There is probably a bit of shock and denial that a relatively new figure on the political scene has managed to capture enough delegates to secure the party’s nomination.  And it has been a close contest.  Wanting to wait until there is a clear and indisputable winner makes sense.  I do think we are at that time and place, however.  Hillary has painted herself as a leader who knows when it is time to get out of Iraq.  Seems like she would also be able to know when it is time to get out of the race for president.