My kids have had playdates before. It's nothing new. However, my daughter, who is three, is kind of shy, I think brought about because of her speech delay. She mostly hangs on the sidelines. In fact, at one kind homeschooling mom's house, my daughter stood outside the boys' bedroom while her brother was in playing instead of hanging with the girls in the family. She's kind of attached to her brother, mostly because he's familiar.
Today, however, her friend from school came over. She's the only girl in her class, so yes, her friend is a boy.
It was very sweet as the other mom and I walked to the park behind our kids, who were holding hands the whole way there, pretty much oblivious to the rest of the world. Both of them seem to really come alive when the other one is around. It's nice to see my daughter respond so well to another kid who isn't her own brother!
They played together wonderfully and had a great time. Swings, sand, slide, you name it. For a moment my daughter and her friend stood at the side of the playground looking wistfully off into the trees, her friend with his arm around my daughter.
As the other mom said, "Precious."
The innocence at this age is so tender.
May her Guardian Angel always be close and protect her.
To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.
~Cardinal John Henry Newman
2010 Cannonball Award
Father Solanus Casey
"Even suffering is part of the truth of our life. Thus, trying to shield the youngest from every difficulty and experience of suffering, we risk creating, despite our good intentions, fragile persons of little generosity: The capacity to love, in fact, corresponds to the capacity to suffer, and to suffer together." ~Benedict XVI
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Fides et Ratio Encyclical
Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.
Thank you everyone that voted for the Kneeler at the Cannonball awards!!
Words of Father Corapi, for all my politician friends and relatives and those who vote for them
"Catholic office holders, whether presidents, senators, congress men or women, or judges at any level must adhere to Catholic teaching or run the risk of separating themselves from the Body of Christ. In such egregious and chronic cases of gross moral evil such as instituting and perpetuating abortion and the structures of sin that surround it, it is quite probable that such Catholic officials are excommunicated in virtue of the acts themselves. A latae sententiae (automatic) excommunication is likely triggered when they vote for laws, funding, and structures that enable and perpetuate such obvious and egregious evil (Cf. Code of Canon Law, Canons 1364,1398; Canon 1329, par. #2). They are in turn forbidden from approaching the sacraments as the result (Cf. Catechism of Catholic Church #1463)."
"It is not morally possible for any Catholic to support abortion, euthanasia, fetal stem cell research, human cloning, or same-sex marriage. There are no ways around this, no justifications whatever. Why? For the simple reason that the Church holds these things to be intrinsically evil. They are evil in themselves, and no circumstances or subjective conditions can ever change that."