Where in the world are we?

With this blog I hope to communicate where we are and the opportunities we have had in traveling across America and around the world.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

First Day of School

In our area of the United States public schools started today. From kindergarten to 12th grade, students are sitting at their desks, meeting their teachers and classmates, and hearing of the exciting year ahead.

It has been a long time since I had a 'first day of school', can't remember actually. But I remember our sons and their first day, preschool mostly. The day our oldest got into the vehicle that would take him to preschool...wow I can still see his little face pressed to the window wondering why he had to leave. Our youngest bravely walked with me to preschool and enjoyed every minute, never looking back!

Do you remember the book, circa 1986, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten"? Author and Minister Robert Fulghum wrote about "lessons normally learned in kindergarten classrooms and explains how the world would be improved if adults adhered to the same basic rules as children."* Mr. Fulghum taught us to learn and live simply, wisely, and with care for others. Here is a sampling:

Share everything
Play fair
Don't hit people
Put things back where you found them
Clean up your own mess
Don't take things that aren't yours
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody
Live a balanced life-l
earn some, paint some, sing, dance, play and work everyday some
Take a nap every afternoon
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together+

This scripture has the same feel as the above poem. Everything I need for my spiritual life is found in 'wisdom' from above. All I have to do is ask, listen, then obey. Life will be ever so much simpler!!!

"Dear friend, guard clear thinking and common sense with your life; don’t for a minute lose sight of them. They’ll keep your soul alive and well, they’ll keep you fit and attractive. You’ll travel safely, you’ll neither tire nor trip. You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep. No need to panic over alarms or surprises, or predictions that doomsday’s just around the corner, because God will be right there with you; he’ll keep you safe and sound." [Proverbs 3:24-26++]

* Edited. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_I_Really_Need_to_Know_I_Learned_in_Kindergarten
+Edited. http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/2399046-all-i-really-need-to-know-i-learned-in-kindergarten
++ https://www.biblegateway.com

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