Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have ordained strength,
Because of Your enemies,
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. - Psalm 8:2 NKJV
Do you remember that song in Mary Poppins about flying a kite? Let me see if I remember how it goes…
Dum…de dum dum DUM!
Hm. No, that's Dragnet.
Da dum. Da dum. Da dum da dum da dum.
Oops! Wrong again. Sorry about that.
Well, they say that the third time's the charm…
Dah dum dum dum di dum…
Yes! That's it!
Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height
Let's go fly a kite
And send it soar – ing…
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's goooo…
Fly a kite!
Hm. Not bad!
The song came to mind because my two little sisters asked me to take them to the park so they could fly their kites. At first I didn't want to. I was working on a project that I wanted to get done and I just couldn't spend my precious timed taking them to the park. Never mind that they hadn't been to the park for weeks, or that they had never flown kites before, or even that they wanted to spend time with their big sister.
See, I was getting fed up. I don't have a car so I can't just go somewhere – anywhere – to get out of the house. I sleep in the living room of my parents' house, so I don't have my own space where I can take refuge (the bathroom doesn't count). I've been feeling hemmed in for weeks, and I've become more and more cranky as each day passes.
Today, I blew up.
Oh, my poor sisters! They have been on the receiving end of my ire for a long time now, but today was the last straw! I did not want to go.
I made my point clearly and emphatically. My mother made it even clearer that I wasn't the only one who had problems. Wow! Who knew? Actually, I did know, but at that very moment my problems seemed larger than life. Even though I was angry with my mother, I knew she was right. That made me even angrier.
My youngest sister, who is seven years old, came up to me and said, "Sissy, you don't have to take us if you don't want to."
Well, that did it.
Who can resist a child when they say something like that? Granted, she has her own moments, but today she put me before herself. My anger fizzled and I started to cry.
"I'll take you, sweetie. Go put your shoes and socks on."
I watched my sisters scramble to get ready. My youngest sister came up to me again, looking at me with curiosity.
"Are you taking us because Mommy told you to?"
"Is it because you need the exercise?" Well, I did need the exercise, but that wasn't the reason.
"Then why? You really don't have to take us."
I looked into her eyes. I wanted her to see that in spite of my attitude, she was very important to me. "I'm taking you because I know would have been disappointed that we didn't go, even though you said we didn't have to."
Her eyes lit up and she nodded. She seemed to understand what grown-ups struggle with every day. We want to do what we want to do, no matter who gets hurt. Sometimes, we have to take the time to do something important even if we really don't want to. Even if it's taking someone to the park to fly a kite. In that moment with her, I caught a glimpse of the woman that she is yet to become.
I'm sitting here in the grass at the park, watching my sisters run around with their kites, laughing and screaming with glee as the kites take off. It's amazing how something so simple could give so much joy.