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We can learn so much from children

Bill Fox

Bill Fox

By Bill Fox/Columnist

A four-year-old child’s next-door neighbour was an elderly gentleman who recently lost his wife. Seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old man’s yard and climbed onto his lap. When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbour, the little boy just said, “Nothing, I just helped him to cry.” As we struggle through COVID, I know from experience a hug or a touch can be much more meaningful than words.

The teacher had her students discuss the picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had hair that was of a different colour than the rest of the family. A student suggested that the boy might be adopted. A little girl mentioned that she knew all about being adopted as she herself was adopted. “What does it mean to be adopted?” another child asked.  “It means you grew in your mommy’s heart instead of her tummy!” What a wonderful thought!

A little league baseball game was being played. A gentleman sat down on a bench along the first base line. He asked one of the players what the score was. “We are losing 14-0,” said the young player. “Wow, you don’t look too upset,” said the man. “Upset?” the boy asked with a puzzled look on his face? “Why should we be upset? We haven’t even been up to bat yet!” I gave up on the Raptors in game three, when the Raptors were behind by six points and I turned off my TV. They did go on to win with the buzzer beater basket. The lesson to me was never be negative and never give up.

Jimmy was trying out for a part in the school play. His mother mentioned Jimmy had his heart set on being in the play, though she feared he would not get chosen for a part. On the day the parts were announced, mom went to pick Jimmy up from school. Jimmy rushed up to his mom with his eyes shining with pride and excitement, and happily exclaimed, “Guess what Mom, I’ve been chosen to clap and cheer!” I can’t always get what I want in my life, but I can certainly be more enthusiastic about the blessings I do have just like Jimmy.

One cold winter day, a little 10-year-old boy was standing barefoot in front of a shoe store. A lady approached the young boy and said, “My, but you’re in such deep thought staring at that window of shoes!” “I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,” was the boy’s reply. The lady took him by the hand and they went into the store. She asked the clerk if he could bring her a basin of water and a towel, so that she could wash the lad’s feet. The lady took the young lad to the back of the store and knelt down and washed his little feet and dried them with a towel. Placing socks on the child, she purchased a pair of shoes for the child. “No doubt you will be more comfortable now,” the lady said. As she turned to go, the lad took her by the hand and looking up to her face, with tears in his eyes he asked, “Are you God’s wife?” Often we may say or do things that have a fantastic effect on someone. I hope we can all do things that make others think that maybe we were sent from God to help them in some way.

There were three fish friends living in a pond. One day, a fisherman came along. He made plans to cast a net and catch them. The wisest of the fish made plans to find a different pond. One disagreed, saying the pond was home and he would not vacate it, and besides, he didn’t see any danger and thought it was cowardly to be afraid. The next day, when the fishermen cast his net, the first two fish had left. However, the third one got caught. He had been unable to identify and act upon the problem and was now paying the price of neglecting danger. There is a lesson here about COVID-19 and masks, if you can identify the danger?

I’m at thinking and praying for our children and their teachers and parents.