…taught me about toys for children in church:
pencils and white paper.
(Confession up front: I haven’t arrived yet.)
That’s all she takes to church to amuse her kids. They’re getting older now (3, 6, 9, and 11), but she started that policy at least two years ago, maybe more.
Think how much hassle and shuffle it would save…! And she said it worked. The kids had a couple of difficult Sundays and then settled calmly into the routine.
I remembered this recently, when I took an unusual boatload of games and activities to a Sunday evening members meeting. Armed for bear, we sat in the back this once and let the kids play on the floor.
They were H.O.R.R.I.B.L.E. Three times worse than usual.
So I wonder… and perhaps this Sunday I will try it.
…graciously pushes me to think out of the box. She is the one who plants pansies in secondhand teacups, uses limestone to make stepping-stone paths in the grass, knows how to compost properly, and can grow anything in the universe. Her household décor regularly includes stones, leaves, bare twigs, old books, wild berries, thrift store finds, glass jars, and barbed wire. Beautiful, restful, homey.
She inspires me to reuse the ordinary in an extraordinary way. Example: it used to be if I wanted a flower pot I’d go to the store and buy one. Cheap, plastic, because I didn’t want to pay for better. Yet it might still cost $15. Now, I’ll head for the thrift shop and look for a $2 pot or pan or mug, an old flour sifter, a basket, a bin, or a crock to convert to a flower pot instead.
‘Vantage number one: thrift
‘Vantage number two: class
‘Vantage number three: originality