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Shining Brightly熠熠闪烁

by Grace Witwer Housholder 明达 译


In February when we see the hearts and cupids associated with Valentine’s Day, we naturally think of romantic love. But there are many other kinds of love — the love parents have for their children, the love children have for their grandparents, the love we have for our siblings and our dear friends.

As far as romantic love, children are often confused as they try to make sense of impressions they see and hear. For example, in a column a number of years ago I told about two little girls who were playing wedding with their dolls, just a few days after attending a real wedding. The pretend pastor asked the pretend groom, “Do you take this woman to be your ‘awful-headed’(lawfully wedded) wife?”

We’d like to think that children’s quest for romance would stick with their dolls until they are grown up. In reality, even in elementary school little boys and little girls are eyeing each other.

When our son Paul was six he had a crush on a girl in his kindergarten class. Finding out about it, his three older sisters teased him unmercifully.

“Have you kissed her?” one sister asked.

“No!” he replied.

“Have you held her hand?”


Then after a moment he said, “But I touched her chair!”

Sometimes young children go farther than touching a chair. They even make plans for marriage. More than 10 years ago, St. John Lutheran School preschoolers Nicolas and Lacey decided that when they grew up they were going to get married. One day while the class was talking about farms, Nicolas said, “When I get big I'm going to live on a farm and get up early to milk the cows!” Lacey, who was sitting next to him, piped up4, “Well, don’t wake me up!”

But young children don’t always plan marriage with their classmates. Sometimes little boys have future plans for their teachers. For example, Wanetta, the mother of four-year-old Christopher, was reading The News-Sun when she came across the story and picture about the wedding of Miss Hartmann.

“Oh, look, Christopher!” Wanetta said. “Your Sunday school teacher’s picture is in the paper!” Christopher glared at the groom. “I wanted her to wait ’til I grew up so I could marry her!” he said.

Sooner or later every parent needs to discuss the “facts of life” with their children. Nearly 20 years ago a co-worker, the father of three, told my husband that he had explained the facts of life to his 9-year-old son, with a lot of embarrassment. When the father was done, the boy looked at him with amazement, and then asked, “You and Mom did that THREE times?”

Moving on from romantic love, there is the love siblings have for each other. Parents hope that their children will love each other dearly and stand by each other throughout whatever life brings, sharing and helping without being asked. But as the children are growing up, the opposite is often true. Children’s natural tendency is to protect what they think is theirs and to acquire even more.

It’s amazing how quick-thinking some tots can be when it comes to defending their toys. When Kathy’s two daughters were toddlers they had identical goldfish that lived in the same fish bowl. One morning they sadly discovered one poor fish floating belly up, dead as a door nail. It was a pathetic6 sight. But even in her grief, little Jaime didn’t miss a beat.

Without a second to spare, she put a consoling arm around her little sister and said, “Oh Katie, so sorry YOUR fish died!”

When it comes to grandparents, kids have a special love that is expressed in a number of different ways.

In 2001 Beverly (mother of six, grandmother of 16) told me she had a lot of “senior” moments. Her granddaughter Brianna introduced Beverly to someone this way, “This is my grandma. Usually I finish her sentences for her!”
Also in 2001, Mike and Debbie brought two of their grandchildren home with them for about a week. When their daughter told her son, Michael, 4, that he would be coming home with his grandparents he was a little confused. He was lucky enough to have three grandmothers since great-grandparents and great-great grandparents are still living.

“Which Grandma and Grandpa?” he asked. His mom explained who Mike and Debbie were, and he said, “Oh, good, that’s the Squeezy Grandma!” He refereed to two of his other grandmas as “The Grandma With White Hair” and “The Grandma That Can Take Her Teeth Out!”

Kids often get confused by the term grandparent and great-grandparent.
More than one child, when asked if he or she was referring to a “great-grandparent” or simply a “grandparent,” has given the quick response — “They’re all great!”

Another confusing term can be “son.”

While getting ready for church, Brenda overheard her husband teaching their daughter Ariel, 3, and their son Jordan, 2, the meaning of “son.” All of a sudden Ariel came running to Brenda and said, “Mommy, Mommy! Guess what? Jordan is Daddy’s son and I’m his moon!”

That reminds me of when Wendy said, “Peter Pan7, you are the sun, the moon and the stars!”

And Peter Pan replied, “Yes, I know!”

Children think the world revolves around them.
Fortunate are the children whose parents understand how their love, guidance and encouragement can help their children — the stars in their life — shine brightly!










有时,小孩子们可不仅仅是碰碰椅子,他们甚至计划结婚呢。十多年前,圣约翰路德学校的学龄前儿童尼古拉斯和蕾丝决定他们长大后要结婚。有一天课堂上说到农场时,尼古拉斯说:“等我长大了,我要住在一个农场里,早早起床去挤牛奶!” 坐在他身边的蕾丝尖声说道:“嘿,别把我弄醒!”


“哦,看呀,克里斯托弗!” 瓦奈塔说。“你主日学校老师的照片上报纸了!”克里斯托弗怒视着新郎。“我让她等我长大娶她的!”他说。












当准备好去教堂时,布伦达无意中听到她的丈夫在跟他们的女儿,三岁的阿里尔,和他们的儿子,两岁的乔丹,解释“儿子”的意思。忽然间,阿里尔跑到布伦达的身边,说 “妈妈,妈妈!知道吗?乔丹是爸爸的儿子,我是爸爸的月亮!”




有的父母知道他们的爱,他们的引导和他们的鼓励能够帮助孩子——他们生活中的星星——熠熠闪烁, 有这样父母的孩子是幸运的!