I was reminiscing with my family this morning about living in the 'olden days' when there were no skinless, boneless chicken breasts to cook with. I remember a RS homemaking night that taught us how to remove bones from chicken, but it was too hard. I rarely cooked chicken recipes.
Then my 98 year old mother posted this in our family group:
"My mother had to clean the insides out of the chicken (after my dad killed it and hung it up to bleed). Then she defeathered it, cut it in pieces and cooked it. The defeathering was before the gutting. I never learned to cook at home. Wonder why?"
If there is nothing else in your life today that you are grateful for, take a moment and be grateful for boneless, skinless chicken breasts!
(Unless you are a vegetarian, of course. If I lived in my mother's day, I think that's exactly what I would have been. Or starved.)
"You cannot force children to learn anything, but you can so present a thing to them that you will arouse their interest and cause them to undertake the subject of their own free will."
"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon--instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today."
"It was not an untutored nor an ignorant world that battled long agonizing years on the shell-cratered no-man's land; but on the contrary, it was the so-called educated world that shot the deadly missiles, sank the defenseless in the briny deeps, bombed the cities, and tortured and maimed the millions of the flowers of the nations.
"But were they really educated in the true sense of the word?
"They had the power of knowledge, but lacked the development of the moral and spiritual side, the lack of which permitted them to use their knowledge toward the destruction of mankind, instead of further teaching of the peoples of the universe, making them prosperous, happy, and contented."
--Spencer W. Kimball
Next time you get down on yourself because your kids aren't scoring on level in math or reading comprehension, remember that isn't your primary objective.
You are developing their moral and spiritual side so that they will use their skills for creation, not destruction.
(And if you know the poem In Flander's Fields, you'll know why the image of the poppies...)
"The Lord recognized...it would take man thousands of years to make the earth habitable for self-governing individuals." --David O. McKay
Are we helping our children take advantage of the wisdom learned through the ages? Or do we ignore it and, in essence, cause a new generation to start at square one? Let them 'stand on the shoulders of giants' so that they can be the generation for which all the souls of the past have labored.
We are living in the great day of the harvest. Thrust in your sickles and reap!