The Angel and the Devil in Each of Us


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My lit­tle guy earned him­self deten­tion today.

Yup. In kindergarten.

I’ve never had a kid get deten­tion before, but some­how I thought if it did hap­pen, it would be in, say, fourth or fifth or sixth or sev­enth grade. Or maybe eleventh… you know, for skip­ping class or something.

Nope. Kinder­garten. For punch­ing a fel­low kinder­gart­ner in the face.

But here’s the truly sad part. Why’d he do it? Because the other kid said they weren’t friends anymore.

Got that? The other lit­tle guy didn’t reject the friend­ship because his so-called friend punched him. He rejected the friend­ship, so my lit­tle guy with the sen­si­tive heart got so upset that he punched him.

I’m not try­ing to defend or excuse what my son did. Oh, he’ll serve his deten­tion, all right. I think it’s on Thurs­day after school. I want to say it’s for an hour, though maybe not so long for the younger set, or for a first offense. I hope not, for the sake of whichever teacher is on deten­tion duty this week. I feel sor­rier for him/her than I do for Gabe! Can’t see him sit­ting still that long! He’ll be jump­ing off and on his chair con­tin­u­ally… talk­ing their ear off… Oh, my.

No, Greg and I will stand behind the school staff/administration and sup­port the pun­ish­ment that is deserved. In fact, I rescinded Gabe’s “screen priv­i­leges” for today as well because I wanted him to know such behav­ior was not being accepted or just passed over at home either, in any way, shape, or form. Sheesh.

But then there’s this: He was just kind of “down” all after­noon and evening. More than once — includ­ing in bed­time prayers — he said, “I’m so so so so sorry for punch­ing ____ in the face.” And I believe he is.

So I told him God still loves him, even though his actions made God sad. And I urged him to learn from this to never ever hit any­one again. But we all know how hard it is to want to do the good and then to do the wrong instead. Don’t we?

I do not under­stand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” –St. Paul in Romans 7:15

Greg and I went to a fab­u­lous con­cert this past Sat­ur­day by a group new to us, called Davina & the Vagabonds. That’s mostly fod­der for another post, but one of the songs was called “St. Michael vs. the Devil,” and it just makes me think of the good and the bad that do bat­tle within each of us all the time — even, it’s heart­break­ing to real­ize, in kinder­gart­ners. And it makes me think, too, of the child­hood rhyme:

“And when he was good, he was very, very good / But when he was bad, he was horrid!”

Yup, that’s my boy! Actu­ally, it’s both my boys… and my hubby… and me… and every one of you (sorry to burst your bub­ble!)… and every sin­gle mem­ber of the human race that has ever lived — except for Jesus, who was also God and did not give in to temp­ta­tion. And really, all that the rest of us human beings can say is…

“…thanks be to God, who gives us the vic­tory [over sin] through our Lord Jesus Christ.” –St. Paul in 1 Corinthi­ans 15:57.

One Response

  1. Heidi's Mom Says:

    What a won­der­ful appli­ca­tion of a les­son which was surely hard for Gabe (and all of us) to learn, but hope­fully it will be a long-lasting one!!

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