Stay Beside Me, Part 2

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Jul 242015

The next day, I never mentioned the rule to stay beside me. We got out of the car, and from the time we walked into the Stay Beside Me store, he watched my every move. If I took a step, he took a step. If I stopped, he stopped! That was more than I expected, so he had obviously learned his lesson.

Too many times, parents and grandparents stop short of actually teaching a lesson, because lessons take time, and sometimes they aren’t fun to teach.

When we got to the wall of toys, he picked out a soldier’s shield and his smile was something else. He had done it!

Later on that afternoon, I did a forty five minute summer-school session with him, and when he was done, he put on his shield and came up to me.

He said, “I am the knight! You know who you are?”

Hoping that I was the adored princess, I responded, “Who?”

“The dragon!”

(Thanks, Tommy …)

Love my readers, Nealie

Jul 202015

One of my favorite things to do is to take little kids to the  Goodwill store and let them pick out a toy. It’s great because their aren’t 5 million toys to choose from, like at regular stores, and the cost is negligible. It is also a great place for training kids because of the small square footage and low cost of replacing anything broken. (I never mentioned this in Chasing Lilly, but Goodwill was the only store that I could take Lilly to without stressing.)

So, the other day I had three grandchildren with me, and we decided to go bargain-hunting at the Goodwill! They were excited, and I was happy to take them.

Driving there, I thought about one little six-year-old fellow who usually breaks and runs in his excitement, and I lose sight of him. When we got there, I wouldn’t let the kids out of the car until I looked at them, and told them that anyone who did not stay right beside me at all times would not get to pick out a toy. I repeated it on the way up the sidewalk to the door.

After about ten steps into the store, a certain little boy took off running to the toy area at the back of the store, and left the rest of us in the dust. I knew exactly where he was, but he was totally out of sight, and he had not listened. I told my ten-year-old granddaughter to run ahead and ask him, “Where are you supposed to be?”

Sure enough, a startled little boy ran back down the aisles toward my direction, and when he saw me, he froze. He knew.

“You won’t be able to pick out a toy today, Tommy.”

He took it reasonably well, but it was obvious that he was so disappointed.

I didn’t tell him, but after we left, I decided that I wanted to take him again the next day, to give him another chance. Guess what happened? You will have to tune in next time! – love my readers,  Nealie

What’s on Your Head?

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Jul 092015

I took a couple kids with me to visit Grandpa, who is 91, and we happened to arrive as a clown was performing for about a dozen assisted-living residents.

While the clown was doing his best to entertain the old folks, my grandson and granddaughter were enthralled with the close-up view of his antics.

He was wearing knee high socks, shorts with suspenders, a red ball nose, and a beanie-hat that had a little propeller spinning on top. I think it was the hat that caused my granddaughter to lean in and whisper to me, “That job would be so humiliating!”

I had to chuckle, because when I was Lilly’s foster mother, no beanie-hat with a propeller was needed for me to feel humiliated at times! She was always up to something while we were in public. (Remember the story about the check-out line at the grocery store? Ghastly!)

Be nice to people with propellers on their heads.  🙂 Nealie




Quote from Abraham Lincoln

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Jul 052015

Hi! A friend posted this quote from Abe Lincoln on her Facebook page, and I think that is a good reminder of what one of our greatest President’s was like in his character and beliefs.

“And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” President Abraham Lincoln