As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man." Proverbs 27:19
What could have happened to that toilet paper? I was sure that I had just loaded a fresh double roll...Uh oh! I hear fast little footsteps, running, running...then a loud shriek and hysterical giggles and laughter. And this is what I saw. A face so filled with joy that it lit up the whole house. A little girl madly running up and down the length of the house dragging huge lengths of toilet paper. What could I do but smile, melt, and grab the Nikon? She knows that she's not supposed to unroll the toilet paper, and later, I gently reminded her of that. And that's all I did. Her parents think I'm not near strict enough, and maybe that's true. But my parenting days are long behind me. I'm sure I was strict enough back then, but sometime between 50 and 55, the grandparent switch is thrown, and we are different. We wonder how we could have ever been so strict with our kids, and certainly don't have the heart to be so with children now. This is what I tell Ella's parents "I just didn't have the heart". I don't know if it's because life has made me softer, or just tireder, though I suspect it's the first. Many people seem to get much mellower with age. Now tell me, would you have the heart to look at a little face so full of the innocent joy of life, and then put a stop to it? The switch is thrown, and there's no going back. And just between you and me, I wouldn't want to.
...the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away." Isaiah 35:10