Thursday, May 7, 2009

Raising children

To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or students... Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even G-d's omnipotence did not extend to His own children.
After creating heaven and earth, G-d created Adam and Eve.
And the first thing he said was "DON'T!"
"Don't what?" Adam replied.
"Don't eat the forbidden fruit." G-d said.
"Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit?
Hey Eve... we have forbidden fruit!!!!!"
"No way!"
"Yes way!"
"Do NOT eat the fruit!" said G-d.
"Why"
"Because I am your Father and I said so!" G-d replied, wondering why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants.
A few minutes later, G-d saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked!
"Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit?" G-d asked.
"Uh huh," Adam replied.
"Then why did you?" said the Father.
"I don't know," said Eve.
"She started it!" Adam said
"Did not!"
"Did to!"
"DID NOT!"
Having had it with the two of them, G-d's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.
Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.
BUT THERE IS REASSURANCE IN THE STORY!
If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself. If G-d had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?

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