Saturday, December 18, 2010

This doesn't have much to do with politics, or does it?

As parents we all wonder what our grade may be bringing up our children.  Will we make the right decisions, give the correct answers and make our kids better people. This is a little story to ponder a bit.

My son entered the last year of kindergarten this year.  He's always been a very emotional kid, not in a bad way, but his feelings get hurt easily and ponders stuff.  He's also always said he's going to be an artist when he grows up. I'm not sure if they are related or not, but I digress. 

In his kindergarten class is one young boy who uses crutches.  I'm not sure what his affliction is but he's sure not putting out the vibe that he's affected by it.   One night in our ritual of the bedtime talk I asked him if he played with him.  He said no because he's not very fast running and he can't use much of the playground equipment.  How do you answer to that?  Not easily.

I asked him to think about what it would be like to be in that kid's position.  To think about things that he can do better than you can.   I told him that people in his position normally have much stronger upper bodies and arms to compensate for their lower body strength, and there will come a time when he can do things you can't, as you both get older.

Yesterday, we went to the school to help out.  They were making Gingerbread houses out of crackers, Yes, I thought it was strange too.  But if you put on enough icing you really can't tell once it's decorated with a bunch of candy and stuff.

To my surprise my son had picked the crippled kid as his partner for this project.  They helped each other make their houses and shared their decorations and candy.  In talking to the other adult helping him they had apparently become good friends and played together all the time when it was something like this.

I believe so far I'm getting a passing mark, I just have to keep it up.

In politics if one side would look at the others strong points rather than their weakness and visa versa they would find that they had a lot more in common than they believed.   Unfortunately in Thailand everyone wants the whole cookie instead of breaking it and sharing it around.  This leads to constant confrontation and bickering over trivial matters.  If both the opposition and the coalition would just take a step back they would see where the problems arise, not just with themselves, and they could correct it.  After all the Army has been elected by no one but themselves, so why are they constantly trying to run the show.

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