Sunday, May 27, 2012

MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB


The year was 1946.  I was five and had been in Sunday School since I was three.  We had some wonderful Sunday School teachers and I loved hearing the Bible stories.  But this particular Sunday, I must have been day dreaming or coloring my picture and not listening very well.

When we got home, my Dad in dinner conversation ask me what my Sunday School teacher taught me.  Drawing a blank....a quick witted 5 year old blurted out "MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB".  My Dad was a loving and patient man, but he had no patience for lying!!! None!!!  So I still remember the sting on my little legs as I got my first spanking. Had I been a little quicker with my wit, I would have said Jesus had a little lamb!!  :)

But I needed to learned two valuable lessons that day.

Listen to your Sunday School Teacher
If you mess up and don't listen ~~DON'T LIE!

Who ever said childhood was easy, HaHa!!

Picture from googleimages.com



18 comments:

  1. oh thats good! so true too! beautiful,

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    1. Raising our four children... I do could tolerate most everything, but lying!! How kids learned that early on too. When you tell the truth the first time, you don't get caught in a web of lies.

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  2. Wanda, lying is to me the worst kind of sin. It makes me angry to think of the amount of lying that goes on in high places as well as in many people's every day life. Lying obscures the truth and TRUTH is essential to the rational functioning of our world.

    He is the Way, the TRUTH and the Life.

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  3. Chris ~ if you have to pick the most important word to live by, it would be like you say ~ TRUTH...everything hangs on it. I'm glad I learned that lesson early. What a different World we would have if people just told the truth. But until Jesus comes back, the Father of Lies, will try to keep everyone lying.

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  4. I had to giggle when I read this story. You were creative even at a young age. That was back in the day when parents actually taught moral values. You turned out well, dear friend.

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    1. I can giggle now...but you will always remember your first spanking. Yes, so thankful my parents taught us well, and punished my bad behavior appropriately. It was not my last spanking...but I was good at talking my way out of most of them. HaHa

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  5. My first lie was when I cut my bangs up to the scalp. My dad asked me if I cut my bangs, and I said no. The issue quickly changed from using the scissors without permission to lying - much more grievous issue.

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    1. Amazing isn't it how being truthful is so much better, but we all had to learn the hard way I guess. There would sure be a pile of hair, if all the bangs cut by kids were collected.HaH.

      Thanks for sharing Susan.

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  6. Oh, yes. That lesson about the lying... tough. One that serves us well. ;) blessings and hugs ~ tanna

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    1. Yes, one of the hardest for children to learn. I used to tell my kids....Truth doesn't hurt near as bad as lies!! Adults need to hear that too...

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  7. Oh yes, you are so very right.
    I told a lie once in Kindergarten that I had gone to Disney World on vacation....the teachers asked my mom how Disney was.....
    the next day, my mom made me tell the whole class that I had not been to disney worl and apologize for lying!
    you are right, who said childhood was easy! HA HA
    LOVE your new blog! Congratulations....can i join you on the beach there in your blog header photo?
    Have a great week!

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    1. Apologizing to the whole class would be so hard, but thanks for parents that did that for us, to strengthen our integrity.

      Thanks for your encouragement on new blog...I'm very excited about it.

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    2. BTW, Heather...the Header is where we will be next week at Lake Tahoe...wish you could join us on the beach..

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  8. Hello - WOW! I can't believe that's Lake Tahoe - ok, must put that on my to do list!
    and your comment about the picture of me and saylor made me well up with tears...that's so sweet! Yes! Hang it on your fridge! ( i do the same with mine....you should see it! HUGS - enjoy your time there at the beach!

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    1. Our friends that own the cabin have been so gracious to let us use it for a week each year between their winter and summer renting season.

      We've been going up for almost 30 years. We've gone alone, taken children and grandchildren...It hold so many of our family memories. The cabin is right on the water...I have my bathingsuit, sun hat, and book bag ready....Can't wait.

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  9. Some lessons are only learned through pain and some suffering.
    Great illustration Wanda.
    Just a few more days...can't wait.

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    1. Sue, I found that illustration on google and thought the Vintage picture, was more my age haha.

      It was weeks, now it's days....my smile is reaching from ear to ear!

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  10. What a great lesson... it really is better to tell the truth; no matter what the situation is. A friend in my class was telling us, that in one day a person will lie 33 times. We started having a debate on if that could be true; they all thought the # was quite high. As I listend to what everyone's input was, I thought about how Charlie would ask me from time to time, "Honey, what are you thinking?" and I would reply, "Nothing." or not telling him everything I thought. I would consider that a lie. A lie is a lie is a lie. Oh I had a lot of examples, and we ALL agreed, the # could very well grow to 33 by the end of the day. Aside from malicious lying, we tell these "little white lies" to not hurt, disappoint, or we try to keep peace, and sometimes I think on some level, we think the truth can't be handled; in actuality, it can and even helps if it done with love. When really, that's when that saying really hits home, "The truth will set you free!"

    If you had told the truth, I could see your dad say, "Wanda May, I'm sure you missed a wonderful Sunday school lesson. Try to not miss the next one." and that would be it.

    I can see when my grand children are asked something and they are contimplating to lie... and when they go with the truth, I thank them. It is hard being a child... and an adult... or just human! LOL!!

    Great story Wanda mom!! :)

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