Wednesday, September 18, 2013

On the perils of play dough

I've been meaning to make fresh play dough for the little ones for the last month.  Today I finally did.  I thought it would be a quick, simple, clean thing.   (Apparently, I haven't done this for a while.)  Making it wouldn't have been too bad, except that Miss S wanted to join in the fun.  This wasn't supposed to induce tantrums...but it did.  Once the dough was done, Young T and Miss S thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was much more fun than playing with the dry stuff last week.  I now have tiny bits of play dough all over the floor, on the chairs, smashed onto the table, and smashed into Young T's pants--so much for clean.  But, by far, the silliest and worst part of it all is that I seem to have gotten a blister from stirring the thick dough.  Maybe tomorrow I can find a quick, simple, clean way to entertain these busy kids.

Monday, September 16, 2013

On perfection in important endeavors

"...I'm not getting it all sorted, she worried.  I'm not getting it right.
     You are brilliant, the Voice reassured her.
     It is imperfect.
     So are all things trapped in time.  You are brilliant, nonetheless.  How fortunate for Us that We thirst for glorious souls rather than faultless ones, or We should be parched indeed, and most lonely in Our perfect righteousness.  Carry on imperfectly, shining Ista."

~from Paladin of Souls

I appreciated the reminder that perfection isn't expected or important now.  What God wants and needs from me is the willingness to turn to Him, trust in Him, and allow Him to guide my life.  He can do the rest, even with imperfect me.  (And, as a corollary, even with the imperfect people around me.)