Treating Covid blues with kids

On occasion, meaning at least a few times a day, it is difficult to concentrate in my home, and that’s because my wife has a home daycare. The daycare has been a great blessing, but there are also times where the screaming is so loud I can’t hear myself think, and there are times when the smell on that side of the house would be too much for even Oscar the Grouch to handle. Ultimately, though, I know that their zeal for life and their cute faces, and their trust and faith are just what I need during scary times. And Jesus did too. That’s why he said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”

So, my advice, at least from time to time, is to turn off the news and find some kids to entertain and enlighten you. If you can focus your mind on trying to figure out what it is specifically about children that we as adults are missing, then you might be that much closer to the kingdom of heaven. I’ll leave you with some lines from my wife’s daycare kids, and these were written down word for word. All of her kids that said these lines were 4 or younger, and they were all uttered during the Covid Age.

“What are you going to be for Halloween?”

“Just a noise. I’m not gonna talk, I’m gonna make noise all day.”

“Hitting isn’t nice. What do you say?”

“Thank you!”

“Sometimes I forget that my Daddy is a boy.”

“You shouldn’t say ‘Oh my gosh’, you should say ‘Oh my Olaf!’ That’s a funny word!”

“When ants die, they grow wings. When ants grow wings, they turn into mosquitos. It’s weird.”

Thank you for reading my 32nd blog.

Mark Inglis

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