Young and Old Together

This video shows how many M&Ms darling Kayla can catch in her mouth within 30 seconds–I think the final tally was 21. Someone said, “I don’t know what is funnier, the talents in our family or that Grammy Sharon suggested we videotape it and said YouTube and viral in the same sentence.”

My grandchildren and the other children and young people in my life bring me so much joy.  I’m constantly amazed at how spontaneous and creative they are.  What will they come up with next?  I get to be a part of that, loving and learning from them and, I trust, sharing my values and my faith.  What a privilege that our lives are so intertwined.

Children and young people are also at the center of my concerns.  When I think about today’s challenges and the challenges of the future, it’s their faces that I see.  One way I express my love for them and point towards God’s love is by resisting domination by heartless institutional Powers and by working to build a peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

Here’s a beautiful article related to “young and old together” by Frida Berrigan, a peace activist and daughter of peace activists Philip Berrigan and Liz McAlister.  In “A Recipe for Nonviolent Parenting,” she advises:  Strive to be like [them] and provide the tools, impart the wisdom, love and protect the person and let go of the rest. Oh, and never lie.

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