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Grace Note for December 8, 2015

At the wedding rehearsal, the soloist asked the preacher when she should begin singing. He told her, “After the vows.” She wanted a more specific answer, so she asked: “What are the vows? I’ll need a cue.” And at that point, the seven year old ring bearer turned to the soloist with an exasperated look, and said: “The vowels are A-E-I-O-U. There is no Q!” We never know what to expect from a child.

One teacher learned that the hard way. One day there was a big snowstorm. She felt she should warn her students against playing out too long in the frigid weather. She said: “Now children, you must be careful about colds and overexposure. I had a little brother, only seven years old, who went out into the cold and snow with his new sled and stayed too long. He caught a cold, pneumonia set in, and three days later he died.”

For a moment the class sat in awed silence. Then a hand shot up in the back of the room and a student asked: “What happened to his sled?”

Children will surprise you. And sometimes they will drive you out of your mind. But our children are precious and we should treat them as a gift, just like we remember the reason we celebrate Christmas is the gift of the child born in Bethlehem.

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