Selma’s Heavenly Delights

Pregnancy

Selma became intensely passionate early in her pregnancy. Her two boys would know and practice peace. Peace training 101 from day one: conception. After all, she fell totally in love with the 60’s hippie movement and often dreamed, if only she could have just one day to experience the flower child within her, life would be complete. Nevertheless, as an expected mother, she pondered Karl Menninger’s words, “What’s done to children, they will do to society.” All she wanted now was for her twin sons to give peace to society as ideally defined in the dictionary as the life, “free from disturbance; tranquil…not involving war or violence.”

Not really knowing where to begin, or even if raising children to know peace was possible, Selma remembered a Josh Billings quotation: “To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.“ Smiling and speaking softly, Selma says, “Therefore, I meditate daily and sing along with Sinead O’connor, especially when I carried my twins in womb.”

With peace forever in her mind, Selma passionately embraces compassion in her diet. Slowly she learns to cook less and instead uses a blender to whip up healthy smoothie drinks and a food dehydrator for quick Kale chip snacks and wholesome raw cracker meals.

The boys turn five tomorrow and Selma continues to think, breathe and live peace. She surrounds herself with kindred peace-loving friends, chooses down-to-earth principles, grounds her sons in the practice of yoga and meditation and constantly prays for peace wisdom from the Divine One.

Tranquil children play
Birth of a new tomorrow
Heavenly delights

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© 2013 simply charming

If you like this post, why not consider joining the Monthly Peace Challenge with host, Kozo. This month the challenge is to post “anything about the intersection of children and peace.”

Thank you and abundant blessings!

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On National Library Week: Look, Read, Love

What a smart spider to have the desire to read a book! And, what better place to go find a large selection of a variety of books than over at a library.

“The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history,” wrote Carl T. Rowan.

As children, my brother and I spent many hours at the library and Desiderius Erasmus is right, “Your library is your paradise.” A paradise you can borrow and take home with you and once you are done, you go get another set of paradise!

Also, my mother must have known Sarah Jessica Parker and listened to her advice: “And if you are a parent, introduce your children to their neighborhood library. It will give them a real sense of independence to have their own library card and enjoy borrowing books.” 

Yup, mother and Sarah must have been pals for sure. But wait, not only Sarah, but mother surely had Laura Bush as her Facebook friend! “Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers,” says Laura, “And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.”

Being that this week, April 14-20 is National Library Week, I celebrate in thanksgiving for a great mother (plus her gal-pals, Sarah and Laura 😉 ) who inspired the love for the neighborhood libraries.

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How big is your love for neighborhood libraries?  

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  © 2013 simply charming

photo source: Wikimedia Common

Sunday Worship: A Family Affair or Not?

How do you normally spend your Sunday mornings? For some, Sunday mornings revolves around attending a church service and hopefully, a nice brunch afterwards at a local café. For some, however, the thought of having young children among the congregation, for an hour-long church service, is just as bad, if not worse, as a poorly prepared sermon given by a monotone preacher!

toddler, church, worship, family worshipMost regular churchgoers know about the babbling toddlers who insist on babbling alongside the preacher’s sermon. It seems no matter where you plant yourself in the church, the babbling toddlers find you and in the next hour or so, you wonder what to do.

Should you try to decipher the preacher’s sermon lesson as your head is uncontrollably nodding itself to sleep or simply give in to the toddler’s distracting babble and try your hand at understanding and translating the toddler dialect instead?

Hmm, as you ponder this great mystery, you may begin to wonder as well; maybe young children belong in the age appropriate children’s church instead?

I say, no! Children should be encouraged to attend Sunday services with their family from an early age. Having children learn patience through “uninteresting” events–no offense to any pastors out there– is lessons that may help to squish the, BUT…BUT… “I thought the world revolved around me,” syndrome!

One may argue, but why not offer an age appropriate Sunday service for the children. I simply have to disagree because this demonstrates to the children that one; you do not ever need to learn to be patient especially if boredom sets in! Second, families really should worship together. I love seeing a whole family take up the entire pew.

I know, you say it is hard to discipline and train kids to sit relatively still and remain relatively quiet. Yikes! As adults, do we sometimes have to practice such atrocities?

Of course, we need these skills and so much more the reason to have children become part of the Sunday church congregation to learn these waiting skills. This may seem unattainable but I know a young couple from church who believes in rearing their children in the church. They have a six-year-old boy, two-year-old girl and less than a year old baby just starting to learn how to stand. Their children do not go over to the nursery or children’s church. Every Sunday they worship together. Both parents actively supervise their children, quietly reprimand the older two if need be and the mom uses the baby sling and breastfeeding method to keep their baby calm.

I am not sure how much of the sermon the parents actually hears to gain any wisdom from it, but it may be just a passing season for them. During this lean winter months, they may find little to nourish their own souls but instinctively feed their growing family first. As the children get older, I suspect the solid foundation built will allow the parents to relax and hear more of the sermon. Once the children grow up and branch out on their own, the parents can finally enjoy the warm and lovely season, summer. In peace.

What do you think?

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Do you feel children should attend Sunday worship with their family instead of an age appropriate children church services?

 

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Inspiration came from this,  Weekly Writing Challenge: Mind the Gap.

Just Because Syria Weeps…

Just because

sister, Syria, weeps, over her people brutally fighting
and words, my words are not able to express strong enough,
the grief that screams across the universe
the loss of over 400 children and many other nameless faces too
growing once like beautiful flowers, now gone,
without a trace

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flowers for you
just because

Just because

sister, Syria, you are distant and distraught,
our broken hearts lay on the ground
by this tortuous ordeal, this very sad state of affairs
Oh, sister, where have all your beautiful flowers gone
And how long before we learn
To lay aside our differences
And leave love to blossom instead

Just because

Syria weeps…

 

 

 

Single Working Moms (and Dads): You’re Solid!

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Working on a ‘solid‘ prayer…
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On a prayer their morning starts,
Seeking wisdom, guidance and Divine light
dedicated single working moms (and dads)
Silently and solidly running their households far from the rich and famous,
No nannies, chauffeurs or personal assistants,
just children, and a few of the neighborhood ones too, fishes in a bowl and the family dog whose name gets mixed in the lot when a frantic parent names out every child’s (and dog’s) name simply because they momentarily forgot the one child they were trying to address
dedicated single working moms (and dads)
For the sacrifices in both time and effort, here is an appreciation ‘hug’

Found in a few simple words, given to honor you and to let you know how valuable you are:

“Single working moms (and dads) are teaching their kids a solid work ethic;
You’re teaching them that we don’t just have things handed to us, and we have to work for the things we want.” –Unknown

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Everyday find something new to pray for…
… All single parents living a life of sacrifice and with the intention to raise their children with a solid work ethic by being the role model for their children.

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Has your community been affected with many ‘solid’ single working parents and how are they reaching out to support these parents?

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If you are new to WordPress and are looking for ‘solid’ inspiration, Jakesprinter offers a weekly theme for you to participate. It’s easy, fun and a great way to kick off your week so do it with the SUNDAY POST : (this week) Solid.

What We Can Do Together

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There is no end to what we can do together . . .

Paul McCartney–With a Little Luck

I believe how well we learn to play together as children develops into how well we interact together as adults.

Children consistently shown examples of sharing and being content in their home life, usually show the same behavior in public. Of course, there are some children who find sharing and playing together in a peaceful way a challenge to their inner nature.

Yes, one can usually spot the child destined to become the class president, the successful business person, the librarian and the future inmate at the state prison.

Just observe any nursery day care classroom.

You will have the gifted orator with non-stop chattering, another child setting up shop and preparing meals to sell to you as you sit there trying to look interested and sipping on the sixty or so pretend coffee cup filled with air coffee, and yet another very quiet child, always reading over at the book corner, and the one child, you know, has huge needs longer than your arms can hold.

But, broken children is another story in itself.

Today, we focus on learning togetherness hopefully early in life.

“That’s mine!”

“Nooo, mine!”

“MINE,” and with a push and a shove, a child’s more aggressive nature always wins over the more timid and mild-acting child.

Learning to share and wait our turn is not easy. Hopefully, as parents, teachers and caregivers we can stay focused long enough to teach our children consistent lessons in learning how to wait patiently.

But it all begins at home.

Instead of reaching for a dish at the dinner table, perhaps asking politely to have the dish passed to you, would be a good example to the young child trying to learn how to wait.

I’m sure you can think on many other examples on teaching the fine art of waiting.

Oh, and if we, as adults are envious and desirous for every new product we encounter through successful marketing ads, don’t be surprise if your little junior–who maybe only three years old–runs from child to child in the nursery, attempting to grab every new toy from the hands of these other children.

It’s not that they WANT the toy to play with, they simply WANT it to WANT IT!

And may I simply ask, where oh, where did that behavior come from?? Hmm?

How we learn to play together in-the-sandbox, pretty much indicates how well we will work and play with others as adults.

You agree or disagree?? All together now . . .