"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.