One child is just, by temperament, rather careless. Careless with how she swings her limbs, how she picks things up, … yada, yada.
And I realized today,
After harping at this child for dropping tea bags into the flour jar,
The same child who landed her foot in a mud puddle and mud-caked her new tennis shoes and everything else in a 4-inch radius,
Who swung her arm around and hurt her sister (several times, several ways),
That I probably just need to
I can teach, train, harp, but in the end,
she needs grace.
a hug, a gentle reminder or request,
And we need her.
Because giving grace to someone else is a grace itself to us.
And because she so easily gives grace when we commit one of these same mistakes.