Confucius:

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”

 

I chose this quotation and this photo because today on the way to church, in the drizzling rain were 2 babies, each in a stroller such as this, with the mom and dad jogging as they pushed the stroller down a country road. The mom and dad were talking and jogging, the kids seemed to be having a good time.
I smiled as I drove past them as one child had a huge book, and was looking as if he was reading it as they were being taken down the road, he glanced up at me as I drove by, as an adult looks over the Sunday paper. The other child was totally relaxed, kinda like in a comfortable easy chair, as his chariot was being pivoted down in the very light mist.

I thought as I drove by that these parents are creating memories, and creating a healthy impression for their children. First of all were together. Not going out individually so the other could watch the kids.  Secondly:  they were showing the kids that activity is important, no matter what the weather, just dress accordingly and go.

Thirdly : the “toy” the one child had was a book! What a wonderful idea. It appeared to be one of those thick laminated page books, so the drizzle was not affecting it, but how cool it was that the child had a book. Reading is so important, we need to take away the electronic games and toys and let kids play games that do nothing unless the kid makes it do something.

Fourth: they trusted their parents to keep them safe. The one kid was comfortable enough to read and the second to be so relaxed and lounged back that I do not think there was a tense muscle in his little body. These kids  were not more then 2 years old. I have heard more than once that the first 5 years of a child’s life creates a foundation for life. 

It filled my heart with wonder and warmth, to see a family unit together, doing good stuff, taking care of the gift of life that each has been entrusted with, yes… it was a nice reminder to what families should be like. Make sure you take time for your family, your kids, your friends. And be good to yourself. Love, Cindy

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