“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)
Monday, July 29, 2013
The Freezer Saga
Miss Alli wanted to make a pizza the other night. She had taken it out of the outside freezer and brought it in to ask. I told her it was too late and she needed to put it back, and she could have a snack.
She did put it back.
BUT.... she didn't get the freezer closed all the way.
The result was rather disastrous. All ice cream and popsicles that I had just purchased, were ruined.
Pork roast, chicken, tenderloin, brisket, all thawed! and it was a slushy mess!
My first reaction when I saw the mess the next afternoon was, "Who left the freezer door open?"
Then, I realized who had been in it the night before.....
So, I said, "Alli, last night when you put the pizza back in the freezer, the door didn't get shut and I want you to come with me and see the result."
She did. And hung her head down.... "Mama, I am so sorry!"
If we step back about 8 years..... I seem to remember 2 little girls named Anna and Sarah who learned how to turn the freezer off! They were playing and turned the knob. Right before we were ready to leave for a church meeting I noticed liquid coming out of the freezer. I thought it had broken. We had a lot of frozen meat and veges, so Mike sent me to Home Depot to buy another one, so the food wouldn't be ruined. We transferred everything to the new one, and then the next day, he looked at the old one and saw that ...... the little girlies had turned the other one OFF! :/
I asked them, (both were 6 years old) "Did anybody turn that knob?" It was a knob I didn't even know existed! And 2 sweeties said, "I did!" :)
"Let's not turn knobs like that anymore, ok?" OK!
Back to present day.....
I said to Miss Alli..... "Let's clean up the mess, and get the meat into the fridge." "We'll have a smoking party tomorrow!" and you can help me!"
She was still very ashamed.
Was she irresponsible.... maybe.... maybe not. Would it do any good to get mad? No. What's done is done.
Would it help to ground her or punish her to make her remember to shut the door next time?
No.... that would just bring more shame.
Instead, Mike and I talked and we decided to start using the LOCK on the freezer. You know that weird key you never use? We have had it on a hook for years.
So today, we locked the freezer. Then we called our sweet Alli over and told her.... "This key goes to the freezer. This is how it is used. If mama needs something from the freezer, it will by your job to get it by unlocking the freezer, getting it out and then locking the freezer back up."
Do you think you can do that? "
She was beaming.... "YES!"
And so far.... so good! :)
(I did go ahead and get more ice cream and popsicles..... because I really wanted one. :) It is HOT!
Giving her that responsibility is good for her.... and I know she is going to take it seriously.
In the mean time, she did a good job getting the freezer nice and clean.... AND we had a delicious pork tenderloin tonight for dinner. :)