Jan. 22, 2022


I love to be around kids. I read not long ago that it takes us adults about 10 weeks to laugh as much as

a child does in one day. I feel that many of us grownups are too grown up for our own good. We need to slow down and perhaps learn to play a little more. When we are children, we look at this wonderful world with awe. As the years go by, we lose this innocence.

I am a big fan of these little people. I love working with children in the office. I will be the first to admit it is not at times easy. We try to book these new guests into special slots or spots. This allows me to slow down and take my time so neither they nor I feel rushed. We do the same for older kids as well as often the elderly revert to childish behavior.

Many times, parents will share stories with me about their kids and it awakens stories in my heart from years gone by with our 3 boys who are grown men now. Our boys have taught many things down through the years.

I often am asked why we use that chart but no one else has asked that question in 37 years of practice. I think of her and her question often and not just during the holidays.

It was many years ago and I was doing an exam right before Christmas on a curious little 7-year-old girl. As I put up the eye chart that is half red and half green she interrupted. She asked me if she could ask me a question. I live for these moments and of course said, of course. Please notice the last sentence implying a course or learning experience was perhaps at hand. She wanted to know if I always use those same colors are I was I using them because it was Christmas time.

We have a toybox in our waiting room. We live in a small town and most know that we do not have any girls. I still blush when sometimes on my lunch hour I buy a small doll or a unicorn with multicolored hair and a brush. We have a surprise box for young patients. My staff and I often use them to encourage children to allow testing to earn their surprises after an exam.

This question did not amuse me but made me a little sad. His answer told me he already had learned one of life's toughest lessons is that all surprises are not good.

Years ago, I was having trouble getting to get a little fellow to comply. I asked him if he liked surprises. Usually this engages a puppy like eagerness to run through fire. he fired back a question as he crossed his arms. He asked, ' What kind of a surprise is it?"

I have more stories deep with in my heart. I hope to write a book someday about things that have happened in the office down through the years. I feel many of them will be about the little people that have influenced me in a big way.

I love to write. My favorite target is the kids. We need to sow seeds of faith in them because the world is doing the very opposite and with great sucess. You do not have to be an author. be a Sunday school teacher. Tell your grandkids about God and the wonderful stories and lessons good and bad to be learned from bible stories.

I want to share a little secret with you. This is off the record! I think the world is in trouble because we have gotten too big for our own good. We have turned our backs on our creator. Sure, we have our smart phones and we have put a man on the moon. How come with all our knowledge, science, technology and know-how, a small virus is 3 steps ahead and is outsmarting us?

You will learn as you teach and as you do be reminded that God will come through for all of us who believe. Teach the young children old and remind the older ones that the greatest and most wonderful surprise awaits us when we are all through. It's called heaven!

Just Trusting,


The proper time to influence the character a child is about a hundred years before he is born.

William Ralph Ingle

God gave us memories so that we might have roses in December.

James M. Barrie

Billy Graham

I have read the last page of the bible. It is going to turn out all right.

Victor Hugo

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of a child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiam.