15 November 2007
We were taught the value of hard work as kids. Each summer day we would be assigned an hour job before we could go play with friends. (We would usually prefer my mom's assignments indoors--they were usually not so labor intensive.) We had our Saturday chores as well as a rotation of doing dishes and cleaning up after dinner. I'm grateful that I was taught to work and I know how to clean. I am trying to do the same with my kids. Pearl eyed this horse at the store a couple months ago. She asked if she could have it and I said, "Save your money." (Does that sound familiar, siblings?) Well, she didn't have any money to save, so she started doing chores around the house to earn some--cleaning windows, baseboards, sweeping, folding clothes. We would visit it every week or so, to make sure it was still there, give her a hug and pat until, finally, she had the required amount for her portion. She paid her 10% to tithing, and the rest went to her horse. Sally has now joined the family, sleeping in the laundry basket, getting her hair combed, and included in all the activities of the household. Pearl is proud of her hard work....and her horse. Great job, Pearlie.
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