Saturday – Saturday morning I headed off to a fundraiser, Pink Ribbon Breakfast, with my girlfriend.  I left the kids behind with a few chores – Josh, Nomi and Daniel were to pick mangoes, Jess was to hang a load of Pete’s work clothes out so they could be ready for him.

 

When I came home Jessica had well and truly gone the extra mile.  She had kept 2 washing machines going throughout the morning.  Not only that, but she hung everything out on the line, keeping it all moving by bringing in the dry things to make room for more wet.  Everything that was dry was folded and put away.  Was I blessed or What!!  She is a wonderful child to be so giving of her free time to bless me, and the family this way.

 

Saturday afternoon we headed down to the pool to meet up with friends.  We were surprised to find free entry for families so that was a bonus.  Consequently the pool was crowded – we enjoy the fact that we usually go to the pool in school hours and have the whole complex to ourselves so sharing with a crowd – well, that is different for us!

 

After a swim we headed to our friends place for a simple dinner of toasties and stew.  I had brought a video along for the kids to watch but quickly recognised it as being too old for them.  The video (a Christian story) was obviously aiming its audience at 15yo.  I don’t mind my children watching a love story but I prefer this to be in an adult setting rather than young teenagers.  We have watched movies were kids become aware of a special friend (boy/girl) but it isn’t the main theme in the story.  This movie was pivotal around the relationship developing.  So we switched to a kids story that the kids just thoroughly enjoyed – rolling on the floor enjoyed! 

 

I was reminded that it is so easy to let the kids watch stuff that though isn’t harmful isn’t necessary for them to fill their heads with.  There is so much stuff out there for kids that is good – admittedly you have to look for it!   Why let them grow up too quickly, why introduce them to intense emotions that are a part of the adult world while they are still children.  Let them enjoy the childish emotions of love, being scared, anticipation rather than the adult emotions of love/relationships, fear, betrayal and suspense.

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