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Happy New Year
Sunday, January 13 2002


Each school day morning, my foster son and I talk while he eats breakfast and I drink coffee. In today's lingo, I guess you could call it our bonding time. I try to keep the conversations light and at the same time learn how he is doing in school and on the bus, since many of our children have had trouble in both places.

After the heavy snows of last week, I thought back to the many pleasant memories I have of playing at recess time and especially of playing games in the snow. I was rather dismayed to learn that his class stayed in their room and watched videos instead of going outside and enjoying the inclement weather.

They didn't go out at recess time until several days later, after the playground was cleared. And even then they were warned not to touch the snow or they would lose their recess privileges. I know that TV and videos can be excellent teaching tools, but I am concerned that they are more often used as pacifiers or ways of controlling the behavior of the children without using much imagination.

In my opinion, kids, including my own, watch too much TV and don't use their ingenuity to invent games and learn to get along with one another. If I recall correctly, my teachers chased us out at recess time regardless of the weather. Of course, that was before TV became popular. We used the snow to build forts for snowball battles, to make large mounds and play king-of-the-mountain, fox-in-the-circle, and many other games.

Yes, sometimes, we got hurt and even ended up fighting. Nevertheless, we learned to use our imaginations and to work out our differences. This education was as important in preparing for life as the lessons taught in the classroom.


More things to be thankful for

He who hesitates is probably right.

If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.

Living on earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun.

How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on.

Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

Christians habitually weep and pray over beautiful truth, only to draw back from that same truth when it comes to the difficult job of putting it in practice.

— Oswald Chambers
Sent by Judy Martin

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