Tips for Parents (or: God Has Time for That?)
Recently at Blackhawk park, I overheard one of the women there with her kids talking to a group f women about trying a tactic about which she'd read in a parenting magazine, designed to get kids to carry their clean clothing from the laundry to their rooms: you get each kid her/his own plastic storage container, put the clean, folded laundry into the appropriate container, and have the kids do the rest. This woman complained that the kids didn't like to do this, because the containers were too hard to carry up the steps. Then she had a moment of divine inspiration: handled paper grocery bags! She said the kids love it. When the other moms in the group expressed wonder at her ingenuity, she became modest and said "God really blessed me with this idea." She was completely serious. I think God may also give her gardening tips and advice regarding car maintenance.