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February 27, 2011

I got one of those baby boomer tests in my email the other day that is based upon the things we children of the 60s should remember. If you can remember things like Wonder Bread was the bread that builds strong bodies twelve ways, and that Pogo said, We have met the enemy, and he is us, then you would probably score out pretty good. I got 19 out of 20.
I forwarded the test on to my younger brother David, and told him the one I missed had something to do with the Wizard of Oz, or at least I thought it did. I have never seen the Wizard of Oz. But, it sounded like something that would have come from that movie.
He took the test, and then wrote back to tell me that he had missed that one, too. He said he, too, had never seen the Wizard of Oz. It seems he remembers Mama saying that there was something demonic about that movie, and that nobody in her family would be watching it.
Then he went on to tell me that Mama had a very simple movie rating system, long before Hollywood had ever dreamed of having one: If it was a movie, you werent watching it.
I didnt remember Mama ever saying that regarding the Wizard of Oz, but at least I know now why I scramble for an excuse whenever Luanne asks me to go to a movie. In fact, I cant wait until Luanne reads this. It should be for her a time of great sympathetic awareness, dont you think?
Actually, there is a very important lesson here: It really does matter what you say to your kids. You are the most important counsel in their lives, and although it may not seem like it, they are in the process of gathering up whatever pearls you might drop at their feet.
It follows that they see what you are doing, and consider it important, lest why would you be doing it?
They notice what you watch on the television and what kind of books you read.
They see how you respond to people on the street, and they notice if you drop anything into the Salvation Army kettle at Christmas time.
They hear you when you pray, if in fact you pray.
And they find out from you just how important Jesus should be.
Its a big deal this business of adopting a rating system.
If my brother is any indication, it is something your child will carry with him forever.

And Ill see you Sunday.