Thursday, March 17, 2005

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Lessons from my child

"Tatti, Tatti (daddy), my head hurts", cries out my 5 year old daughter this morning. She has an earache and a fever, she visited the doctor yesterday, of course her head hurts.

"Hold on, we'll get you something" I reply, as my wife scrambles around the house to get the other kids ready for school. But I've got to get ready for work.

"Tatti, Tatti, my head hhhhhuuuuuuuuuurrrrrtttttsss". Ugh, where'd she learn how to screech like that? I'm trying to get myself put together, please wait a few more minutes.

"Come get into my bed", I snuggle her in all wrapped up. That usually works. Back to the routine.

"Tatti, Ttttttaaaaaaaaatti" she cries. "Ok, here's your Leapster" (favorite toy) I say, that usually works.

The Baal Shem Tov said there are 3 things we learn from a young child:

1. They're always busy. (Make use of your time, every moment.)

2. They're always happy {unless suffering a specific problem or need}. (Be happy.)

3. When they fall, they cry out to their father. (When you fall, cry out to your Father in Heaven for help!)

"Tatti, Ttttttaaaaaaaaatti" she cries again, bored with her toy. I lie down and snuggle up with her. The pain's not so bad, but being ignored is.

She feels better after that, and so do I.

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