Wednesday, March 2, 2011

4- Letter Words

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. I Corinthians 13:4 NIV

My grandson Cameron will soon turn seven. He attends public school and is in special education. Cameron has been trying to "fit in" and in doing so has developed a few bad habits. One of those habits is saying four- letter words.

He came home from school the other day and from the way he was acting I knew he must of had a bad day. I questioned Cameron about his day. Part of him learning to adjust is learning to talk about his feelings.

"Cameron," I questioned. "What did you do today at school?"

He ignored me, so I knew he probably had gotten into trouble. I left him alone and leafed through his agenda book and saw in big letters what his teacher had written: " Cameron was saying a four-letter word today. Would you please talk to him?"

Great, I thought. Cameron and I had talked about the consequences of saying four-letter words. He knew he wasn't suppose to say bad words.

I called Cameron into the living room. His head hung and slumped his shoulders. He knew he was in trouble.

"Cameron, did you say a bad word today at school?" He looked at me and shook his head no.

I knew he wasn't being truthful. "Cameron," I walked over and sat beside him. You know it's not nice to say ugly words."

"Yes m'am," he sniffled.

"I want you to promise you won't say anymore four-letter words."

"But mawma, I can't promise."

I looked at him sternly. "What do you mean you can't promise not to say anymore four-letter words."

Cameron grabbed my hand. "Mawma, if I promised not to say anymore four letter words I can't tell you I love you."

I looked at him. My grandson was right. He couldn't make that promise because love is a four-letter word.

"OK, how about you don't say anymore bad four-letter words?" 

He wrapped his arms around my neck tight. "It's a deal mawma."

Cameron was right I couldn't make him promise not to say anymore four-letter words, because love is a four-letter word. And without LOVE there is nothing.

After our talk my grandson didn't say anymore "bad words". When he gets angry instead of blurting a word he knows he isn't suppose to say instead he says love.

Cameron taught me a lesson that day. Love is the most important four-letter word in our lives.


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  6. Oh! This is precious. Kids can teach us some pretty powerful lessons, can't they? Thank you for sharing this!