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Pam - Dacula, Georgia
Earlier this week, when my 15-year old son moved our recycling bin in preparation for lawn mowing, he discovered a brooding lizard. According to Wikipedia, this beautiful creature will guard her eggs and take care of her young hatchlings for the first day or two of their lives, at which time they will leave the nest.
And we will resume recycling.
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Megan - Roswell, Georgia
This is a picture of my favorite wall in my house. It’s in my dining room, and the photos of my two children take up pretty much the entire north wall. One might say that such a display could be considered narcissistic in that it seems to indicate that I think my kids’ images are more appealing – to me – than any other work of art. (I say narcissistic because your kids are, in essence, a part of you, right?)
Well, to be completely honest, that’s exactly how I feel. I believe my children are incredible and beautiful works of art. In fact, it’s my belief that children in general are relatively miraculous. Their curiosity. Their imaginations. Their tiny, compact selves. Their potential. Their ability to learn and adapt.
But these photos on my wall don’t just serve to remind me of my own little ones. They help me keep in mind that everyone is, in essence, both childlike and miraculous. The miracle doesn’t end in childhood. We just learn to tuck it away. But every man and woman – from the kind mailman to the confident CEO to the grumpy neighbor –started as an infant. Someone’s son or daughter. A miracle. And somewhere deep inside, that person still has remnants of that miracle, whether or not they choose to show it.
Remember the miracle, my friends. Particularly when someone’s behaving so badly you just want to smack him or her upside the head.
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