Sunday, October 05, 2008

A little bit of highchair theology

Ma and God by Shel Silverstein


God gave us fingers -- Ma says, "Use your fork."
God gave us voices -- Ma says, "Don't scream."
Ma says eat broccoli, ceral and carrots.
But God gave us tasteys for maple ice cream.


God gave us fingers -- Ma says, "Use your hanky."

God gave us puddles -- Ma says, "Don't splash."

Ma says, "Be quiet, your father is sleeping."
But God gave us garbage can covers to crash.

God gave us fingers -- Ma says, "put your gloves on."

God gave us raindrops -- Ma says, "Don't get wet."

Ma says be careful, and don't get too near to
Those strange lovely dogs that God gave us to pet.


God gave us fingers -- Ma says, "Go wash 'em."

But God gave us coal bins and nice dirty bodies.

And I ain't too smart, but there's one thing for certain --

Either Ma's wrong or else God is."

This was followed by this comment by daddy -
"God gives you moms to tell you how to use the things God gave you."

But still...to a child...a paradox.

4 comments:

Janine the Bean said...

Love it.

The Singlers said...

Thanks for the giggle.

Sheri said...

great picture!

Jen said...

I am very thankful for my girls when I see all the "dirty" pictures of your boys and Janine's boys. I don't think I could handle that kind of mess very well. I suppose they wear you down gradually.