- 4 year olds are not too young for chapter books.
- especially when the book is a chronicle of narnia
- peanut butter chips are worth the investment
- especially if they’re your sister’s and you didn’t invest a thing
- if you pay attention close enough, children will teach you everything.
- especially about your own stubbornness and selfishness, for example:
Coming back from the store today, we had too much to carry in from the car, Rachel asked for her help, Abigail said her hands were full (they weren’t), I didn’t hear the exchange, I asked for help too, Rachel says yeah it’s time for you to help, put down your shiny rock and help, she is super hesitant, in semi-hysterical, “this really sucks, that the world doesn’t exist to suit my needs” tears, drags her feet over to take a bag from me, drags ‘em back to her stone, drops the bag, gets the stone, and hurries in to collapse in a huff on the couch.
- there is hope and deep satisfaction promised when we can muster up the courage to face the ugly truth that we are not, despite our constant yearning to be, the center of the universe, for example:
At bath time, I heard Abigail bragging to her dad about how she helped mom today. “No, really helped, daddy, even when I didn’t want to. I did it.”
My God’s kingdom is like a mustard seed, like a 4 year old being proud of a moment of humiliation — starts as a tiny, useless-looking thing, but, “when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.” (Mark 4)