Today, I observed first-hand relationships. Nathan and I were going on our first adventure of the day, to church. It was time to water the two plants on the altar next to the Royal door, one of each side. Before we got there I told Nathan while he was in church that he could pray or talk to Jesus about his little problems or for family or friends. His comment, (at three and a half), was that He was not there. I corrected him saying that He hears us when we talk to Him, always. So, after the plants were watered, I needed to refer to one of the books at the cantor's stand, and invited him to sit in the front pew and wait a moment for me. So he did, and the very next thing I knew Nathan was having a conversation with Jesus. I could hear him talking out loud to Him, but I don't know what he was saying. Relationship begins young.
We had a bit of fun playing in the sand, and throwing sticks over the edge of the bank and finally watering a few plants before we headed for home. He of course looked for his favorite things like the basketball hoop, and was happy that he got to see Onshu, Fr. Peter's dog.
Nathan lives to please others, and is always looking for ways to help grandma. Tonight he wanted to carry a rather heavy shoulder bag, as we prepared to go to the Common for some fun. So we ate at the Golden Archers to begin with and then parked across the street at the Public House because the Common was so crowded. That meant more walking which is okay now, without the help of a carriage. The bands and chorus were playing while we stayed toward the back in order for Nathan to pass the ball with grampy.
I realized that Nathan had observed his "shadow" and was having a wonderful time, playing with it while playing ball. I wish you could have seen how happy he was. I was sitting on a bench and observing when out from nowhere a little girl with big brown eyes wearing a pretty cranberry dress caught up with Nathan. She saw him first and began to chase him around, then Nathan got the hint and began to chase her around. It was obvious that she was a tad bit older than Nathan, but they played well, running around after each other.
Grampy was tired as he tried to keep up with Nathan running over the entire common amongst the crowd of people. Then, Nathan was seen sitting on the ball. What is wrong, Grampy asked him. Nathan replied that he couldn't find her. Don't worry, grampy said she'll be back, so they started to play, and sure enough, along came the little girl. A budding relationship.
What did I observe today? My grandson loves to play ball, and he is good at it. He's good at running, but likes to be caught. It is clear that he is open to relationships, which includes God and neighbor, and sometimes his shadow.
He enjoys all nature, flowers, dogs and birds. There is room in his little heart for even his stuffed animals, as he was sure to carry them outside for a nap on the swing today. I noticed that he is wearing his bracelet again, because he is a good friend says Miss Linda his day care provider. He has to work hard at the priveledge of wearing this symbol of being a good friend, however, as boys will be boys. Relationships after all must be developed and nothing good comes easy.
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