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Our Wondering Minds
by Billie Buckley
04/13/06
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Ponder These Paradoxes

My last story included a paradox. The paradox being, I took my family to a cemetery to celebrate a birthday. Today’s story centers around a paradox, too. I begin this story by reminding you I was a school teacher for 32 years. A few years ago the roles were reversed. I became the learner.

The schoolroom was a slightly scattered den. The teacher was a three-year-old burning up with fever. Her warm head laid on a pillow and her lifeless feet rested in my lap. All was still except her active mind. As we talked, she started counting all the way to the magic number…100!

I asked her, “Did you learn to count in your pre-school?”
“No, Mam.”
“I know. You learned from television.”
“No, Mam.”
“Then how did you learn to do all that counting?”
“My brother ‘teached’ me.”

How these words connected the dots for me. How she filled in the blanks, causing me to remember. I remembered some of the truths my students “teached” me when I was suppose to be the teacher.

On one particular day the dusty green chalk board in my sixth grade room instructed my 134 students to write, “Three things I wonder about are….”

Did you ever wonder what kids wonder about? Well, some wondered:

How did God become God?
Will I ever see my mom?
Why doesn’t my dad ever write or call?
How many fruit combinations are in a bag of Skittles?

The creative ones wondered:

What is under my bed?
What was my mother like as a teenager?
Will I ever be able to slam-dunk a basketball?

The worried ones wondered:

Why is junk so expensive?
When will I ever get to skate until 12 o’clock?
Why don’t some people go to church?

What is on your personal wonder list today? I have one too.

I wonder about my grandchildren and their future in relationship to terrorist in our world.
I wonder about the movement to remove God’s name from our entire heritage.
I wonder how we will teach our children the value of honesty and Godly values based on God’s plum line when the world is trying to erase it.

Yet, there is one thing I do not wonder about.

You see, “I know in whom I have believed. I am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day!”(2Timothy1:12 KJV)

That, my friend, is the Wonder of all Wonders!




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Thomas Kittrell 13 Apr 2006
Wonderful article. I might ask my grandchildren what they wonder about, to learn from them, hopefully, their perspective on life. Thomas




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