Where to begin?
The most recently reported American scandal? Older scandals that the
administration is hoping citizens will ignore? The newly released Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders that pretty much turns us into a nation of troubled
people? Iraq? Syria? China?
start with the good news. Namely, the birth of our newest grandson, the
absolutely delicious and adorable Joshua Hyam.
It is a
misnomer to say that a baby is a “good” baby, but some are definitely calmer
and cuddlier. On these counts, Joshua is a winner. As a bonus, when he was with his mother I spent
time with his older sister. Since Popop and I brought her the Sid Hoff classic,
Danny and the Dinosaur, I was able to
refresh my memory of the book by reading it dozens of times. I’m delighted that
I could still buy a copy considering the picture of guns (gasp!), children
riding on a dinosaur with nary a seat belt not helmet in sight (yikes!), and
perhaps worst of all children spending an afternoon playing all over the
neighborhood without any adult supervision (gadzooks!).
additional bonus was spending time with a number of our other children and
grandchildren, including a surprise visit from the most recent reigning newest
edition, who claimed the title for only a few short months. I am pleased to say
that she handled being dethroned with grace and giggles.
these little ones are the reason that I can’t ignore what is going on in this
country or the world. I pray that they and their generation grow up in a world
of peace and prosperity, but I believe that God expects us to do our part in
safeguarding the blessings he sends us rather than relying solely on (and sadly
often undeserved) miracles.