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Sunday, January 20 2002

Boredom

"I am bored." This comment from our foster children irritates me as much or more than any other statement they make. When we first became foster parents, I would take time and point out the many ways available for the kids to entertain themselves. I always pushed reading and a few have taken advantage of the Nanty Glo Library. Most couldn't be bothered with settling down for a few hours with a good book. I would show them the large yard we have and the woods to explore. A few did get out and walk around. The majority wanted to stay in and watch TV, which I didn't allow. I would bring out the dozens of games we have and encourage them to choose one and play. Once in a while several would get energetic and lose themselves for an hour or so in the competition of a game.

Most complained about the games we have. They wanted the violent games in a game boy or some other such electronic game. I don't have any of those and don't allow the kids to bring any from their natural homes. I would challenge them to shooting hoops or play catch with a football or some other ball. Some would play for a time but soon tired and wondered off. I would take them for long walks and they would complain all the way. I repeated the above to many children for several years until I finally came up with the cure for their boredom.

Instead of pointing out the many opportunities for entertainment, I show them a mess or dirt they need to clean in their room. I ask them to help me rake leaves and mow grass. I tell them to wash the dishes, run the sweeper, or help Pat cook. The threat of work stifles the comment "I am bored." It is amazing how the fear of work inspires the kids to discover all the activities I used to point out to them.

 

More daffynitions

The Washington Post's Style invitational asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are some winners:

Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

Bozone: (n.) The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

Cashtration: (n.) The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very, high.

Sent by Bill Dalrymple

Thought for the day

The only true Christian is the practicing Christian. Such a one is in very reality an incarnation of Christ as Christ is the incarnation of God; not in the same degree and fullness of perfection, for there is nothing in the moral universe equal to that awful mystery of godliness which joined God and man in eternal union in the person of the Man Christ Jesus; but as the fullness of the Godhead was and is in Christ, so Christ is in the nature of the one who believes in Him in the manner prescribed in the Scriptures.

— Oswald Chambers
Sent by Judy Martin

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