Two days before we needed to bring our daughter down to Gustavus for college someone decided that it would be entertaining in some way to take a huge rock and smash our truck window. For some reason I have yet to be upset about this action in perhaps the usual way. I have to admit that my fright, fight, faint, flee or freeze reactions are almost nil these days, but all that came to mind was the song by CSN "Teach your children". This song just kept going over in my mind. What struck me was that if you look at both verses, it takes in account, any age choosing to be unskillful. They allow anyone to act in the moment. Only the person or people involved know motive behind this act. I'm sure that they were just walking by saw the rock and said "this would be funny". I am sure it was just: rock, window, good feeling, goodbye.
Recently, I did the shaving cream lecture for my kids. If you haven't it is a really good kind of powerful visual. All three had something to say about what they saw and what they felt when I said, "now put the shaving cream back". I believe it really showed them that it is easy and fast to hurt someone, but not easy at all to recant words and actions once they're out there. The rock has been thrown, the window broken, the plans shifted. We had a very successful move in day. All is going well. Rick might be driving to Mankato tomorrow for a computer issue, but overall things are going good. k~
The shaving can/gel/toothpaste demo: