Learning from the young …

I don’t know about you, but I am so disappointed in the behavior of people, highlighted in the political process but present nearly every where you turn. People have simply become rude.

Simple Definition of rude

  • not having or showing concern or respect for the rights and feelings of other people: not polite.

Perhaps it’s time we turn to the young for a lesson on kindness.

My granddaughter Alexandra, mostly known as Monkey, is in third grade. Monkey has always been a sturdy girl – very strong. She’s been showing us the muscles in her arms since she was a little girl. Then she giggles, because I show her my muscles in return – you know, the kind that hang below the arm.



Lately, during physical education class, Monkey’s class has been roller-skating in the gym. However, one of her classmates cannot roller skate. He is in a wheel chair. Seeing him sit on the sideline made Monkey sad. So, she did what a strong girls does – she skated over to his wheelchair and helped him skate. She grabbed the handles on the wheelchair and skated round and round the gym.

Monkey didn’t need anyone to tell her to be kind. She just knew it was the right thing to do. This is typical behavior for her. She recently was given an award for citizenship – including a T-shirt and a letter from our local member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. For the skating help – Monkey was treated to a Dairy Queen lunch – and even better, she was invited to eat that lunch with the special education teacher.

I think there are many people who could learn a lesson in kindness from Monkey. You know – Monkey see, Monkey do.


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Taking Things Too Seriously … a lesson from two little boys

About a week ago, I had the good fortune of having two of our grandsons – ages 6 and 8 – come and stay at our house for a week – for their vacation.

The first day or so, the boys were relatively quiet. They played, watched TV (mostly wrestling), but didn’t say much. We went to several garage sales (with one a buyer and one not); they only complained a little – when it was getting to be time for lunch. They didn’t whine; they didn’t fight.


By day three, however, they were obviously ‘at home away from home.’ They giggled – a lot, and it didn’t take much to set them off. One would burp, which would set the other into hysterics. One would lick the other’s face – again the giggling ensued. One thing was very clear – the boys took absolute delight in the smallest things and in each other.

New lawn shed arrives 061aBecause of their obvious joy, it was pretty hard to be upset with the numerous ‘potions’ they created or the liquid soap in the fountain – especially when the response to “Who did this?” was those little cherub faces saying “not me” but those twinkling eyes saying otherwise. What could I do? I just wanted to giggle, too.

What is there better than experiencing life though the innocence of a child – or, in this case, two children? What can we learn from this special pair? We can learn this — It’s okay not to take things so seriously all the time. After all, life is about giggling.