War & Peace The social studies teacher had just finished a unit on war and peace. “How many of you,” he asked, “would say you’re opposed to war?” Not surprisingly, all hands went up. The teacher asked, “Who’ll give us a reason for being opposed to war?” A large, bored-looking boy in the back of the room raised his hand. “Johnny?” The teacher said. “I hate war,” Johnny said, “because wars make history, and I hate history.”
My I Have Your Attention Please A voice on the office loudspeaker announced: “We will be testing the speaker system to make sure it will work properly in case of emergency.” My confidence in this safety precaution faded when the voice added: “If you are unable to hear this announcement, please contact us.”
Nobody wants him
When my now 14-year-old daughter was 3 and her younger brother was getting into everything, she asked, “Mommy, can we put him back, now?”
Deciding to take this opportunity as a teaching moment in how siblings should treat each other, I explained to her that we could not put him back – that her brother was a gift from God.
She looked up at me with her big blue eyes and responded, “I understand, Mommy. God didn’t want him either.”