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Topic: START (02/25/16)
- TITLE: She started it!
By Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom
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Camden elbowed his sister in the ribs.
She screamed, “Owwww! Mommy! Camden hit me.”
“Tattle-tale.” Camden shoved Wrigley; she toppled off the couch. Thud!
Wrigley bit his ankle.
Camden grabbed his foot and cried. “Mom, she bit me!”
Daddy stomped into the room. “What’s going on?”
“She started it!” Camden pointed at Wrigley. At the same time, Wrigley shouted, “He started it!”
Camden rubbed his foot. “Dad, she actually bit me."
Wrigley shook her head. “Na-uh, he hit me first.”
Dad turned off the TV. “What did you two learn in Sunday school today?”
Camden balled his hands into fists. “Cain killed his brother, and I understand why.”
Wrigley stuck out her lower lip. “We learned that Adam and Eve started this whole mess.”
Just then, Mommy came in. “Excuse me; did you blame Adam and Eve for your misbehavior?”
Wrigley nodded, and Camden wiggled free from Dad’s grasp. “She's right. If Adam and Eve had just listened to God, there never would’ve been sin, and we wouldn't be fighting.”
Dad blinked his eyes. “What?”
Groaning, Camden explained, “Just like Wrigley, Eve was sneaky, and she tricked Adam into eating the fruit. God punished them by making all girls pains.”
Mommy sighed. “God didn't turn girls into pains; he said women would have pain during childbirth, and men would struggle to work the earth.”
Wrigley looked at Mommy. “It's still not fair. If Adam and Eve obeyed, Camden and I wouldn't fight. They brought sin into the world.”
Daddy threw his hands in the air. “You were both wrong. Go to your rooms and read your Bibles. Now!”
Wrigley ran off. “It's not fair. He started it.“
Later, Mommy called the kids back into the living room. “So what did you learn?”
Camden glared at Wrigley. “She started it just like Eve did!”
“Adam ate the fruit. He started it.”
Dad set two boxes on the coffee table. One had a purple glitter bow, and the other had a big green bow with dinosaur stickers on the box. “Since you two seem to think if Adam and Eve didn't eat the fruit, you wouldn't be fighting, we decided to give you each a responsibility.”
Both kids jumped up and reached for the boxes.
Mom held up her hand. “Whoa! Wait a minute. First, the rules. Always keep the boxes safe and with you.”
Wrigley reached for the purple box. “I can do that. Gimmee! “
Daddy stepped between her and the table. “There's one more rule. You can't open the box until next Sunday after church.”
“That's not fair!”
Mommy said, “Adam and Eve were told to never eat the fruit. You only have to wait one week, then you can open the box.”
Camden tilted his head. “You've got a deal.” Wrigley nodded.
Later that night, Camden poked his head in Wrigley’s room. “Psst, did you--” His eyes grew big. “You're covered in purple glitter.“
Wrigley pulled Camden in and shut the door. “Well, you have green glitter all over you, so you must've opened your box too.”
Camden made a face. “How'd they get the glitter to spray all over? I only peeked.”
“They're really good. Did you clean it up?”
“Naw, it's sticking to everything. They’re gonna kill us.”
Wrigley tapped her chin. “Maybe not, I have an idea. C’mon.”
Wrigley knocked on her parents’ door and opened it when they said, “Yes?”
Wrigley brushed glitter off her face. “We’re sorry. We realized we’re no better than Adam and Eve. Once you said not to open the box, I couldn't think of anything else. I'm really sorry, Mommy.”
Camden stepped forward. “I’m sorry too. We’re both wrong.”
Wrigley said, “But, we're luckier than Adam and Eve.”
Daddy tilted his head. “Oh?”
“Yeah,” said Wrigley, “cuz we have Jesus. He died to forgive our sins. We learned that in Sunday school too.”
Camden nodded. “We're so happy that God loved us enough to send us Jesus. We’ll never fight again. We promise.”
Mommy smiled. “Don't make promises you can't keep.”
Daddy added, “Go take showers, and clean up all the glitter.”
Wrigley opened her mouth, “But we didnt--”
Mommy raised her right eyebrow.
Wrigley clamped her hands over her mouth.
Both kids jumped into the bed and rubbed glitter all over Mommy and Daddy and hugged them.
They all started giggling.
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