Monday, August 29, 2011

A Slippery Slope

"Little children, let us not love in word or talk 
but in deed and in truth."
1 John 3:18

 A protein drink by the pond breakfast with the girls
The fish enjoying a swim in the pond

That was before I slipped and fell into the pond!  Yesterday as I was watering the plants and topping off the pond I decided to take a plant that was in a pot, rinse off the dirt and place it in the pond.  (Water, water everywhere!)  

Now, one thing that I always say to the children when we get around the pond is, "Don't get on the rocks.  You can slip and fall into the pond and drown."
So what did I do?  IN FRONT OF THE CHILDREN , I stepped on a wet, slippery rock thinking I was just going to reach over and place the plant on the ledge of the pond.  Indeed?  No!  It was I who was in the pond--pride and all!  Yuk! Yuk! Yuk!

Maggie started screaming at the top of her lungs.  The children all ran over to see me wallowing in the fish pond--which had not, by the way, been recently cleaned.  It was due a good cleaning.  (Just trying to get you to visualize.  I told my daughter that we should have taken my picture before I got out--not that I really want everyone else to have it etched on their memories.)

As I hurried up to shower (after gracefully getting out of the pond--not!), I realized that there was a very good lesson to be learned from this experience.  Between Maggie opening the bathroom door three different times asking me if I was okay, I pondered what the experience of falling in the fish water had to teach me.  I HAVE BEEN A BIG HYPOCRITE!  That wasn't the first time my grandkids had seen me step on a rock by the pond to place a plant or look at something interesting.  And I ALWAYS tell them not to do it.  

 Lesson to be heeded:
We are much more what we do than what we say.  




i'm laughing with you, okay. you made a bad experience into a funny lesson. i wonder if any of them thought you were drowning? i hope you're not sore today or have an infection.


Children are good teachers at times. Glad you were not hurt, other than your pride.


I'm just glad your pride was the worst thing hurt...and it WAS a good lesson for the kids.

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