‘t’ is for Texas… the land of my birth and my junior high, high school, and college careers. I love that place. Every morning, I wake up and I sing, “This is MY country, land of my birth. This is MY country, grandest on Earth!” Just kidding. But, the thought makes me laugh really hard.
‘t’ is for time… like, a watch. I haven’t worn a watch since 1998 when I went on a college class trip to the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico for 11 days. As a group, we decided to get rid of all time devices for the duration of the trip. I never wore one again.
‘t’ is for for time… like, time-outs. The TexasNorth Mulder family doesn’t really do time-outs as a discipline measure. There is a step at the top of our basement stairs that is used occasionally, but this method hasn’t really come into play yet. We do spank… but our child is interesting. Often when spanked or hand-slapped, she stares at you for an insane moment and then starts laughing. I hear her father (aka: King of the Little Boy Spankin’s) was exactly the same way. So, we shall see. Personally, I was spanked as a child… very rarely, but yes. Of course, you can look at me sideways and I’ll cry, so any kind of punishment is effective. What about you? No Atari for a week? Stand in the corner? Wait ’til your father comes home?
‘t’ is for teacher… which I am, of sorts. And I do so love all of you that teach in any capacity. I love me some football, too… but dang wouldn’t it be cool to see some pro players play on a teacher’s salary for a year? I mean, if they had a bake sale for new uniforms, I would buy some brownies!
‘t’ is for tithing… which we practice. I love that God recognized that while all His people are equally loved and full of worth, He knew that each’s abilities would be different. He initially asked the Israelites for 10% [Deuteronomy 14:22]. Not $10, because that may be too much or too little for some. No, 10%. That covers everyone.
‘t’ is for TexasNorth… our home here in Michigan. Mister Chris inadvertently named it for us, that clever man. It’s perfect for us. And, speaking of TexasNorth… I have a surprise for you on Thursday 🙂 Y’all come on back now, ya hear?
[photo: some TexasNorth flowers for you today]