My Turn: The most natural thing in the world

I could hear their little voices chattering together, but I wasn’t quite sure where they were. These three little ones were entertaining themselves one afternoon during an event-filled family reunion weekend when I followed the sound and found them sitting at the card table playing with the dominoes. And I do mean little … ages 5, 3, and 2.

They had no idea I was listening to their conversation as they placed their dominoes in the middle of the table. “Oh, a lousy two.” “I give you a six.” “I’m not going to waste that one.” “Oh no. Set!”

When our family gets together the dominoes come out, and 42 is sometimes played into the wee hours of the morning. It’s the most natural thing in the world for these children to believe that this is fun, and to want to mimic the game. The little boy crawled into his father’s lap later that evening at the same table and told him, “Daddy, I was pwaying this oilyer.”

I was thankful for the reminder. Children are watching our every move, listening to everything we say, learning how to spend their time. Oh, how I hope we’re setting good examples.

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