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Things I learned this week…

birthday cake

  • This icing will turn your lips, tongue, and teeth blue. Like a Smurf. And only 6-year-olds like Smurf-mouth.
  • Before washing your reusable grocery bags, be sure to check that there isn’t anything in the bag that doesn’t belong… like, say, a lone Royal Blue Crayon (who knows how it got there). Because, if it goes into the dryer it will melt, and you will ruin at the least 5 of your favorite shirts and 8 pairs of underwear.
  • Nothing releases tension like a good cry with a friend; followed by laughing until you cry some more with that same friend because we look ridiculous crying in Church.
  • Magic Eraser and WD-40 is your new best friend when you need to clean melted Crayon out of your dryer.
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quote of the day | 1.15.11

Going through some old sermon notes today. I found this written down on one of the sheets from July.

That’s good advice. Of course, I don’t know if Pastor was quoting someone or if this was just something he said.

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quote of the day

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Words to live by.

Because you don’t know what that person is going through in her life that she won’t let you back-out of your parking spot in a crowded school parking lot, even though you have your backup lights on and you’re inching your way out of the parking spot, she just refuses to let you out, even blocking you in the spot for some time because she can’t be bothered to let you out, because she may have to wait 20 seconds longer to get out of the parking lot, and heaven forbid she let you in front of her and you exit the parking lot before she does.

I am just saying.

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is saying “sorry” enough?

sorry-coverWhen my oldest daughter was younger we had “problems” with a neighbor child. He would always hit. He didn’t care where he was or who was watching, he would hit my daughter. At my home I made it crystal clear that hitting is not allowed.

Period.

I went as far as to scold him in my home. When this child would hit, his mother would always respond in the same manner. “Son, say sorry!” She never reprimanded him for hitting. She only told him to say “sorry”. She never explained why he was saying “sorry”. She never told him what he had done was wrong. As if the word “sorry” would make the bruise on my child’s arm go away. He would always give a half-hearted “sorry” and the mom went on about whatever she was doing before hand. I, however, was never convinced the child was truly sorry or really understood why he was told to say that word. I don’t think he comprehended the meaning of it.

It got to the point that my daughter did not want him to come to our house, “Beacuse he hits, Mommy.” I told her that saying “sorry” doesn’t make your actions okay. And I won’t allow him to hit her.

A “sorry” doesn’t negate bad behavior.

There have been some perfect examples of this type of bad behavior in the news lately…Kanye West, President Obama, the reporters that tattle-taled on Obama, Serena Williams, Joe Wilson and so on. These people act badly, appalling really, and think that a simple “sorry” will cut it. They knew what they were saying at the time was wrong, but did it anyway. 

So what if they acted like a spoiled-rotten toddler? Can we say whatever we want, do whatever we want just as long as we say “sorry” the next day. Who cares if we really mean it; we just need to say the words…right?

Not right.

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