Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Mad Hatter and Kindness

The table is set for 8 little girls

What does the Mad Hatter tea party have to do with kindness? Have you ever read the account in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland? What rude and unkind creatures they were!

A granddaughter made signs for us

They were confusing, too! Alice was the only one who showed any semblance of kindness. We spent our lesson this month discussing that very important part of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5. Little girls can be very unkind to one another, especially if there are three of them. Usually one gets left out.

My heart's desire is that I see my granddaughters showing lovingkindness both to one another and to others.

No tea party is complete without tea pots filled with tea

The virtuous woman in Proverbs 31 showed kindness to her family, her servants, and to those whom her husband associated with. How do we know? The Proverbs stated that "the law of kindness is in her mouth." She spoke kindness to others. Oh, that we all may be virtuous women!

A Mad Hatter Tea Party without Roses? No way!

One of the granddaughters spoke to us about a wonderful role model from the past, a songwriter named Fannie Crosby. Fannie was blind, and she wrote over 8,000 hymns. As a child, she wrote:
“Oh, what a happy child I am, although I cannot see!

I am resolved that in this world, contented I will be!”

Once when questioned about the disadvantage that she had as a blind woman, she said:
"When I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior."

(You can go to and see the multitude of most loved hymns that she wrote.)

Not only is kindness a quality to be desired, but creativity is also an important characteristic of a well-trained young lady. Frugality and creative thinking are qualities that every future husband will love in his bride. I know they are young, but I want to help their parents to train them to be women that will please God and be an asset to those whom He places in their lives--their future husbands and children, and in the meantime the parents who nurture and rear them.

Cute bow, huh?

Actually, the bow was a part of a hat--made from ribbons, cards, flowers, and a plastic bowl and plastic plate tied together with ribbon. Creativity in action!

I made pinafore aprons for each of the girls. The older girls are putting them in their hope chests.

And what beautiful girls, if I do say so myself!

What are some of the ways that you use to teach your children and grandchildren kindness and creativity. Try a tea party! It's a lot of effort, but it works wonders!

(By the way, be sure to go to my granddaughter's blog at She is having a fun fall giveaway!)

I am linking to:
A Stroll Thru Life

Lady Katherine Tea Parlor
Tea Time Tuesday

A Breath of Fresh Air
Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday

The Plumed Pen
Tuesday Tea for Two
Wednesday Tea for Me and Thee