Lessons for Mother

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
January 2, 1990

When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard. My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff, you can wish on.

When I look at an old drunk and he smiles at me, I see a smelly, dirty person who probably wants money, and I look away. My kids see someone smiling at them, and they smile back.

When I hear music I love, I know I can’t carry a tune and don’t have much rhythm, so I sit self-consciously and listen. My Kids feel the beat and move to it. They sing out the words. If they don’t know them, they make up their own.

When I feel wind on my face, I brace myself against it. I feel it messing up my hair and pulling me back when I walk. My kids close their eyes, spread their arms, and fly with it, until they fall to the ground laughing.

When I pray, I say thee and thou and grant me this, give me that. My kids say, “HI, God! Thanks for my toys and my friends. Please keep the bad dreams away tonight. Sorry, I don’t want to go to Heaven yet. I would miss my Mommy and Daddy.”

When I see a mud puddle, I step around it. I see muddy shoes and clothes and dirty carpets. My kids sit in it.. They see dams to build, rivers to cross, and worms to play with

I wonder if we are given kids to teach or to be taught? No wonder God loves the little children!

  1. That is a lesson in positivity. Kids are untainted by al the negatives in life and can fully enjoy everything to the max. 🙂


  2. love this one kenny. such a good reminder to continue to allow them that hopeful viewpoint! –kris


  3. Oh the joy in being a child…at least it should be. Raising up a child in the way they should go so that when they are old the will not depart from it should be a more positive than negative endeavor. Time for us “adults” to relearn how to play 🙂


    • Hey Ann, Thanks for your comments!!!! My wife was a pre-school teacher and she always came home with stories about the kids. She said it was wonderful to see the world from a kids eyes. She really misses that now that she is no longer teaching. Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  4. Beautiful, Kenny, and so true! I love viewing the world through the eyes of my four-year-old granddaughter! She is definitely the teacher. Look forward to reading your blog every morning, with or without tea! God bless. Connie


  5. It is mid afternoon and my coffeepot is nearly empty. I just came home from coloring, cutting, and gluing with my youngest granddaughter. Sweet writings today; even more so after having spent time with a 2.5 year old with sparkling eyes and a preciousness in her “coloring” as I guide that little hand.


  6. Before my baby girl: I thought kids were given to us to be taught.
    After my baby girl: I KNOW kids are given to remind us about the purity of love, how to truly appreciate life and humanity.


  7. Reblogged this on endlessmusingsbykb and commented:
    THIS right here is exactly why I love my kids. Without them, my naturally introverted nature would keep me from seeing all of the amazing things that I, myself, saw as a child. Well written and very much worth the read!


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