The other day, I got a phone call from the school. It was my Miss Neenee. She began telling me she was in the nurse’s office. (Which from my experience, has never turned out good.)
She said she had been hit by a boy in P.E. They were playing basketball. They were both going up to catch the ball. The boy slammed into her, to get the ball. Then, the ball hit her in the face. All of that commotion broke her glasses & left a cut on her eyebrow.
She started by telling me,
“Mama, I’m in the nurse’s office. I cut my eye playing ball & broke my glasses.”
“You cut your eye? Your eyeball?” I was just a smidge panicked.
“No, the outside close to my eyebrow. And it’s bleeding.” She said.
“It’s bleeding???” Now, full blown anxiety & confusion has set in. And apparently, I sounded too frantic, because the nurse got on the phone.
The kind nurse reassured me she was not bleeding profusely. That she took a lick on the eye & her glasses were broken. She put the Miss back on the phone. I asked her did she need to be picked up & she did not.
After we got home, I asked her, “Who was this boy & what did you do when you got hit?”
Well, first she cried. Then, she went to the nurse’s office (accompanied by one of her besties, no less).
“What happened with the little boy?” I pressed.
“He kept saying he was sorry & he said he would buy me some new glasses.” She said
“Well, what did you do to him?” I quizzed.
“Umm, nothing. He said he was sorry. A bunch.” She replied.
Really? No big throw down? No show down amongst the 5th & 6th grader P.E. students? If it had of been me, I would have probably had to smack some heads. You can’t push somebody around & get by with it. Then, I thought about what Jesus said, in His sermon on the mount:
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (ESV)
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. (ESV)
By Miss Neenee just letting it go, she became a peacemaker, like Jesus is talking about there in verse 9. She passed on the opportunity to retaliate. She turned the other cheek. Perhaps I could learn a lesson here. Maybe we all could. Keep your temper & anger in check. It’s what Jesus would want us to do.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We most certainly did. I was off work for 4 days. Out of those 4 days I saw my kids & grandkids every day. That’s a lot of happiness for me. I even got to keep my grandbabies for some of that time. Fun was had by all. I hope you have a wonderful week. As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.
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