Wednesday, November 14, 2018

LESSONS FROM LUCY

Having spent the past few days with this Little Darling-


I came away with lessons from Lucy.

While she was here we managed to stuff an entire family sized bag of oreos in our mouths-just the two of us.  She seems pretty happy here--WHAT'S NOT TO BE HAPPY ABOUT!



I was reminded of the childhood lesson of Momma's admonishment to not talk with your mouth full.  To begin with, who wants to see your saliva coated minced Oreo when you are talking?  It closely resembles a mouth full of dirt.  I am always curious about the foods you enjoy, but not so curious as to need to view them before you drop them down the hatch.  Also, if you want me to pay attention to what you are saying, it would be best for you not to have a distracting mouth full of food.  Instead of hearing what you are saying, I will be on pins and needles wondering when that mouth full is going to become a projectile food bomb with the bull's eye on me.

Talking with your mouth full will lead to spitting remnants of your latest snack on the person you are talking to.  NO ONE wants an oreo crumb splattered shirt--and OF COURSE, that shirt would be white!  Those black splatters closely resemble dirt dribbles.  The guilty party is exonerated the moment they walk away, and everyone in your path then thinks YOU have dribbled food down your front.


The other hazard of talking when your mouth is full is choking.  How easily we can become choked up when we try to speak and swallow at the same time.  The two activities of swallowing and talking are not conducive to sharing mutual mouth time.  Without a doubt, you are going to end up swallowing your words and spitting your food instead of swallowing your food and spitting out your words. 



There is a fine line between chewing your food well and looking like Bossy exercising her right to re chew her stomach contents for hours on end.  We as humans should be able to chew things only once as long as we are deliberate and take our time.

SO-what have we learned from Lucy?  Chew your words well before spitting them out.  Don't haphazardly spray everyone around you with whatever you have ingested without carefully chewing it up yourself.  Some things do not need to be shared--some things are best left unsaid.  When we spray those in our path with quickly ingested comments from others without considering the consequences, there is the danger of the mess going everywhere--on us and the one we are talking to.  No one wants to be talked about, and careful--lest you be the one talked about next.  Choose your words wisely and chew them well.  Don't chew with your mouth full and chew your food well are good lessons for a three year old and her Lulu.

3 Set a guard over my mouth, LORD;
 keep watch over the door of my lips.
Psalm 141:3




8 comments:

  1. Another lesson learnt ... we have been created with one mouth and two ears. A design fault maybe. If we had another mouth on top of our heads we could put our food under our hats and eat happily whilst talking with the other mouth. Simple.

    God bless.

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    1. What a NOVEL idea, Victor! Might lead to messy hair, but HEY you have your hat on!
      Blessings, My Friend!

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  2. Chew chew talk talk spit spit.
    We’ve all done it. This blog will forever give me a picture of an Oreo cookie mashed and oozing from my mouth when I start to spew harsh words. Thanks LuLu and Lucy. ❤️

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    1. A mouth full of soggy oreo is NOT a beautiful sight!
      Blessings, Vannie!

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  3. Awesome lessons from Lucy, and so cleverly expressed here, Lulu! And if I may say so, she is oh, so cute!
    Blessings!

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    1. She is a MESS, Martha! With three older brothers, she has learned to make herself heard!
      Blessings, My Friend!

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  4. Oh, that girl is a cutie, isn't she! Her energy shines right through those beautiful eyes, Lulu.

    She's her grandmama, for sure!

    And your words about our words and our tendency to spew them in all directions with little care is well said and appreciated. Talk is cheap. I want to live what I believe and not have my mouth be a distraction to what God wants to do.

    Thanks for taking us there today, friend ...

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  5. ((Grin)) thank you Lulu...what a novel concept . smiles

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