Friday, April 21, 2017


Wizard, Gandalf, Lego, Magic, Sorcerer

I think most children grow up being scared of something. 

The dark.




It doesn't matter what the thing is that scares you...fear is fear and it can hold you back from doing or seeing some pretty cool things.

Check out this story about how some forest creatures learned to have a little COURAGE...

Whenever there was a storm, the animals of the Enchanted Forest ran, frightened, to hide, fearful of the bolts of lightning and the terrifying thunder. However, one day the storm came on so quickly that almost no one had the time to reach their hideout and, just when they were most frightened, some of the animals saw a tiny little light appear from out of the trees, coming from a spot where a bolt of lightning had just hit.

The little light was jumping and joyfully and excitedly crying out. All the animals watching ran over to see who this mad being could be, a being would could be happy in the middle of a storm.

And so it was that they met the very first of the Spark Wizards, which were tiny little beings that shone intensely all over, as if they had somehow managed to swallow a star. Flint, as this Spark Wizard was known, turned out to be very nice and very charming, and when they asked him how he could be so joyful in the middle of such a ferocious storm, he replied with surprise:

-“But why wouldn’t I be happy when I’ve just escaped after two thousand years?”

He went on to explain how, thousands of years ago, the Dark Wizard had captured all the Spark Wizards and imprisoned them inside some big black clouds where he forced them to work as his slaves. It was almost impossible to escape that prison, but now and again, some of those clouds would collide, and with that impact little tufts of cloud would break off, allowing a Spark Wizard to escape. Each time one escaped it would leap out with such eagerness that its trail of light would illuminate the whole sky, and produce what we know as a lightning bolt. Not long after such an escape, the Dark Wizard would realise what had happened and would grumble furiously about it and beat the clouds in frustration. His cries were filled with anger, and this is why rolls of thunder boom so strongly around the skies.

Excited at Flint’s story, those animals were never again frightened at the storms and the thunder. Instead, when the sky began to cover with black clouds, all the animals would gather at the big rock, where they could get the best view of the storm. There they would applaud and cheer each time a little Spark Wizard managed to escape the clutches of the Dark Wizard. Even better, each time the Dark Wizard came out with one of his angry grumbles of protest, the animals would answer him with a chorus of boos and jeers.


Sometimes the things that scare us are all in our mind. The dark might be holding the stars we can count in the nighttime sky. Clowns might be just the people to make us laugh. Heights might be how we can see the world in a different way.

And spiders?

Well, other than eating insects we might not want to have around, I know even some grown ups that still don't like spiders much, but they're still working on that COURAGE thing. One step at a time...

Friday, April 7, 2017


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Do you have chores to do around the house? How about helping your teacher out at school?

When I was in elementary school, there were two very important jobs we had to perform every day. There would be one student to hold up the American flag while we recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and one student to clean the chalkboard erasers on the playground trees.

Both jobs came with great responsibility and I was very proud when it became my day to either hold the flag or clean the erasers. But not everyone likes to act responsibly.

Sometimes our buddies tease us because we are helping out in the classroom instead of going outside to play. Or maybe Mom or Dad has asked us to clean up our room but we just want to get to that next level on our video game first.

Sound familiar?

Check out this week's story about a grasshopper that would rather play than to act RESPONSIBILY:


Once upon a time there was a Grasshopper was hopping, chirping and singing to its heart's content in a field on a hot summer's day. There was an ant staying nearby the grasshopper’s nest. They were good friends. The grasshopper was having a lot of fun playing, singing, and dancing in the sun. But the ant was hard working. It was collecting food grains and storing them in its house for the winter. 

The grasshopper did not understand why the ant was doing so much hard work and preparing for winter. He asked, “Hey,’ Ant! Why don’t you come outside and play with me?” The ant replied, “I cannot. I am storing food for the winter when there won’t be anything to eat!” The grasshopper only laughed at the ant and said, “Why are you worrying now? There is plenty of food!” and continued to play, while the ant worked hard. 

When winter came, the grasshopper did not find a single grain of food to eat. It began to starve and feel very weak. The grasshopper saw how the hardworking ant had plenty of food to eat and realized how silly it had been to not save up food for the long winter months.


Poor grasshopper!

It's not always fun to act RESPONSIBILY, but you never know when it might come in handy to take the time to work hard first and play later!