First Graders

I feel like I’m adding to Art Linkletter’s “Kids Say the Darndest Things” when I tell you what happened to me in a first grade classroom today.  While supervising a student teacher a little girl approached me and asked, “How old are you?”   I told her and she seemed satisfied for about five minutes.   Upon returning she said, “You look like my mother’s boyfriend.”   “Hum,” I thought.  Either her mother is dating a very old man or I’m looking “good.”   I prefer the latter explanation.   On the way out I laughingly mentioned it to the room teacher and she told me that yesterday a little girl came up to her and put her hand on the teacher’s tummy and said, “When are you going to start birthing children?”

You just have to love little children.  It is no wonder Jesus’ loved to have them come to Him.  I’m sure He must have a litany of wonderful things children have said to Him through the centuries.   It will make a great afternoon of listening and laughing while Jesus tells us about them.   I don’t want to miss the matinee program. Since He knows everything He can fill in great details.

Years ago someone tried to convince me that Jesus never laughed because His mission on earth was just too serious to have time for levity.  To which I have to respond, “Nonsense.”  It was Jesus Himself who created us to laugh.  He knows how healing it is.  “A cheerful heart is good medicine.”  And a good laugh relieves so much stress and tension that is so destructive to us mentally and physically.   It is true that life is serious but really “recess” is good for everyone.  Balance in life is a tremendous quality.

Written by Roger Bothwell on March 3, 2011

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