Monday, May 30, 2011

Tips From My Mom #13

There existed quite a bit of hullabaloo recently concerning the oft-predicted, highly anticipated, non-materializing Rapture.

Outrageously annoying on every front - from the sad crazies spewing fear and nonsense, whose disillusions include the insulting claim that they alone have a direct line to a higher power (of their creation) to the inconvenience of the ensuing media bombardment.

Because this pronouncement was utterly pervasive, and because I have a tendency to ponder hypothetical realities, I "couldn't help but wonder" what the criteria was for ascending or being left behind.

And I decided that it all centered on forgiveness. Jesus, may have said that the greatest commandment was to love one another but offering forgiveness and asking for it seem of paramount importance.  It's right there in The Lord's Prayer.

In the realm of forgiveness, my mom is an expert.  Throughout her life I have seen her ripped off, taken advantage of, hurt, disappointed and treated with less respect than this saintly woman deserves.  But she has always been quick to forgive. Her "live and learn" mentality (or credo) remains intact.  No bubbling anger, seething emotions or clenched teeth for her. She can let it go.

It seems as though I have inherited this ability.  Like my mom, I am quick to forgive.  I have come to believe that everyone is simply doing the best they can, the best they know how given their background and experiences. Once you can take on another persons perspective it is easier to forgive.

This does not mean that everyone operates nobly at all times, but it does mean that we are each capable of letting go of the anger and pain associated with holding on to whatever wrong was done to us (real or imagined).

As with most of the Tips From My Mom it is her actions and example that stays with me. Forgiveness isn't easy for everyone - I understand this. However, it can begin by simply saying the words "I forgive you". The power behind those words is freeing.

Give it a try.

And next time a group of attention seekers espouses the rapture, forgive them - for they know not what they do.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Fruit Pops!

We had another Kindergarten Café winner this week with Fruit Pops!

This simple, healthy recipe from Disney's Magic Kitchen Cookbook had our students skewering strawberries, blueberries, bananas, blackberries and grapes, although any fruit can be used - the cookbook suggests kiwi and we recommend a bit of pineapple.

Two main points hit home with this...

1. Healthy snacks inspire as much excitement as those involving chocolate, butter and candy.  As the kids passed trays of fruit they remarked that this was the best K-Cafe ever! Go figure.

2.  There are wonderful lessons about cooperation to be learned in the smallest of activities.  It was a pleasure to watch as they helped one another or politely asked for a strawberry.

We look forward to trying some of the other recipes in this cookbook.  A big thank you to Ian and Barby for bringing it to our attention.


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