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Snow With A Side Of Fries

When are you too old?

Stopping, during a long car ride, we needed to refresh ourselves, if you know what I mean. We decided to get a light meal. Since we were using my friend's car I told her I was buying. She told me what she wanted and I turned to the young man behind the counter announcing, rather sheepishly, "And a Kid's Junior Meal, please." He did not blink an eye. Zip, zip, and there was her order. A teeny, tiny burger. A baby handful of fries. And one super small cup for the drink of her choice. Oh, yes, and a plastic toy which she handed over to me. People who know me tend to think I am the one who should get the toy.

As I watched her enjoy every last bite I thought of all those mothers who eat a double bacon cheeseburger with fries, supersized, and then eat what their little one has lost interest in, as well as finishing both drinks. Then they wonder why they are gaining weight.

Come on girls, tell me you never did that?

But, I have strayed from my point. I want to know when you are too old. You see, my Social Security friend is not too old for a Kid's Junior Meal. And I love the commercial showing three old ladies, with their "tushy" cushions, sledding down a snowy hill, just as they did as children.

I wonder at our adult choice to stop using the words Wonder, Happiness, and Fun. We seem to replace them with the words Serious, Worry, and Later. In Jesus' time, over 2000 years ago, the Powers-That-Be insisted everyone follow a boatload of difficult rules. People worked so hard at being serious rule followers, worrying they might mess up on just one of a hundred rules, and pay the price later on. Jesus told adults to love God and to love one another. All of the other Good Rules would fall in line with those two rules. So simple, a child could understand, and still find room for Wonder, Happiness, and Fun.

Sure, life is serious, and we should concern ourselves with tomorrow, but those things do not need to consume us, taking over completely and draining all of the Wonder, Happiness, and Fun out of our lives.

If you can still move, listen to music and dance a little.

If you can still see, watch a beautiful sunset.

If you can still eat, order a Kid's Junior Meal.

There is a toy inside.

He (Jesus) called a little child to himself and placed the child among them.

And he said: “Truly I tell you,

unless you change and become like little children,

you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."

Matthew 18:2-3

New International Version


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