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Fish heads

Here’s the song reference.

Bugaboo, Beanie and I passed a pleasant hour this morning reading the story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and fishes.  It’s a perennial favorite around here, partly because we are a fish-loving family, partly because it’s a good reminder that Our Lord always provides us with more than we need, but does not want us to waste a crumb of it.   The girls and Baby Guy, who was up early and making merry mayhem as his sisters worked, enjoyed slices of bread as an after-breakfast snack while they colored.

After we had finished the day’s assignments, we decided to make tuna melts for lunch, since we had been talking about the loaves and fishes.  Bugaboo piped up, “Mommy, it will be kind of like we’re having lunch with Jesus!”  It’s a favorite meal around here, and an easy one for little hands to help prepare . . . unless, of course, those little hands are busy digging through the dress-up bin.

While we ate, I asked the girls if they remembered whether Jesus had anything other than bread and fish with which to feed everyone, including himself, that day.  They both shook their heads in the negative, so I followed up by asking them what we had that Jesus did not that day.  Beanie pointed out that our fish had mayonnaise and cheese on it, and Bugaboo noted that we had yummy fruit cocktail to go with our meal.

“Girls, did Jesus complain about only having bread and fish to eat?”

“No, they story just said they had lots of leftovers.”

“Look at your plates, and think about what you just told me about our lunch.  Think about it for a minute.  Jesus provided something better for us than he provided for Himself.”

“He must love us a lot.”

“Indeed.  Can we tell people we love them by giving them the best we have?”

“Yeah, but what if we like what we have?”

“That’s okay, too, but always remember that Jesus gave us His best.  Can we remember to give our best, too, whether it’s sharing our food or doing our chores or our schoolwork?”

“Okay.  Did Jesus have to sweep the hallway?”

“I’ll bet He helped His mother, Mary.”

“Yeah, He probably did.  He was a good little boy. He probably didn’t complain about it, either.”

Our little blessings amaze me sometimes.

Later that afternoon, we set about making feathers for our annual “turkey of thanks.”  I cut orange construction paper feathers until my fingers got numb, and had to ask Bugaboo and Beanie to save some of their gratitude for tomorrow.

Turkey of thanks

Today’s prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your abundant provision for us, and for little blessings who give praise and thanks to You for Your bounty. You feed us when we are weary with living bread, and quench all our thirsts with Your living water.  Thank You for never having let our children know hunger, not for food, not for love, not for comfort.  Please enrich our hearts with humble gratitude and a fervent desire to share Your blessings with all those who hunger and despair; open our eyes to their sufferings and their eyes to Your love.


The marvelous toy

Here’s the song reference.

For Beanie’s first Christmas, back in the brave year 2008, we gave her this odd little toy made by Playskool.  Since Beanie was not yet sitting independently well enough to play with it much, Bugaboo appropriated it for a couple of months; Beanie reclaimed it around Valentine’s day.  It’s something of a strange contraption; a tiny hand pushes on the ladybug, which starts both music and a small blower fan located inside the toy, which causes a ball to roll around in the center and causes any of the accompanying little toys to move.  The alligator clacks its teeth, the palm tree spins its crown, and the hippo, before Smudgie ate it, spun its ears.  It was Beanie’s absolute favorite plaything until she was about two years old; Mr. Man also fell in love with it for about six months, before he discovered MegaBloks.

Since we had a houseful of sick kids yesterday, I was looking for some quiet diversions, and thus dusted off what we have all come to call “the marvelous toy,” since Baby Guy is now of an age to appreciate it.  After a brief kerfuffle caused by an ownership dispute, I managed to convince Beanie that even though yet another baby is playing with her toy, once he’s outgrown it, I will take the batteries back out and put it in her keepsakes box so she will have it for her own babies to enjoy, and the fun began.  Mr. Man and Beanie teamed up to show Baby Guy all the fun things he could do with it, then Beanie retired to the couch with Bugaboo.  Each girl kept up a running commentary as the boys giggled, pointed, and experimented.  Beanie gave the play-by-play of what her little brothers were doing with the toy, while Bugaboo spun tales of what the monkey might do if he were ever able to escape from the confines of his palm tree.

Eventually, the three older kids decided it would be more fun to play outside (I am a firm believer that sending any child who is not too sick to walk outside play, if the weather is fair and warm — there’s an adage about sunshine being the best disinfectant for a reason, after all), leaving Baby Guy alone with his new object of fascination.  Towards the end of his attention span, I managed to get a short video (less than 1 minute) of a tiny guy having fun with something novel — and, of course, Smudgie’s ever-fascinating chew rope.

Today’s prayer:  Lord, You have blessed our house with all manner of things that delight Your blessings, from books of Your love letters to us,to music, to abundant food and drink, to gaily colored playthings.  Thank You for Your bounty, and for the unfettered laughter of tiny people, even when they are ill.  Help me teach Your blessings that to share their favorite material things with their siblings, friends, and strangers may cause plaything to wear out, but will store them up a greater treasure in Heaven.  Please help me remember that myself, when I am tempted to store away too many things that I think, at the moment, are precious, but are desperately needed by another.