Playing with purpose

Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

I’m Glad I am Loved

Unreservedly almost anytime I would help my kids put on their shoes, I would instruct them to put them on backward. I don’t know why, but I was correct-shoe-challenged. I learned to take it in stride and keep my humor about it. Because there were times I would insist that the child remove their shoes and put them on correctly, only to see that I was the one wrong.

Thinking about that this morning I was reminded of a story my sister Lina told me about my sister Marie. I guess one Sunday they were late and rushing to Sunday School. Once at church Marie was called on to bring the children forward to make contribution to the service.

Marie is very apt and gifted in this kind of work. The children were enthusiastically excelling when something caught Lina’s eye. Marie had dressed her daughter Ebby nicely enough, but she had put her shoes on backward.

This tickled Lina immensely until she noticed; Marie’s shoes were also on backward!

I come from a classy bunch no doubt. At least their shoes were of the same color and from the same pairing. That’s another personal story for another day. In my defense let me just offer this advice. Turn on the light before you put on your shoes and rush out the door to work! Happy Friday!


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