The Prudent Man

“The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.”

Princess of the Universe and I talked about this verse from Proverbs and I told her what I thought it meant. The moment trouble stirs, the simple jump in with both feet without looking. A too-good-to-be-true “deal?” The simple run right after it. Not so the prudent man.

It was such a simple gesture, but last night in her room I picked up a couple of dolls and had them talking to each other.

“That kid is a pain. Let’s do something to him so he can’t play with us anymore. Let’s tell him he’s not welcome around here.”

Princess of the Universe walked right over, smiling.

The next thing you know these two little kid dolls were whispering their plans about how to get rid of the kid they didn’t like. No one wanted him around because he was mean.

Of course an older, wiser kid asked the two children if what they were about to do was very prudent.

“Do you think you should try to correct that little boy on your own, or should you go tell your mom?”

Princess of the Universe took over.

She had the little dolls walking into the parents’ room (of course waking up the newborn baby during a nap, who cried WAAAAAH WAAAAAAH), and they told Mom what they were thinking.

Mom sat down with the children and explained to them (my daughter’s words, not mine):

“Children if you try to correct that little boy, then he might go home and tell his mother about you and then you will be in trouble too. It’s always best to tell a parent.”

As we tucked all the dolls into their beds we lamented over the lack of adequate blankets in the house. What is the use of a fancy bed if you don’t have a proper blanket? We should have planned more wisely perhaps?

I told her it reminded me of The Virtuous Woman and how she was not afraid of the snow for her household because all of her household were clothed with scarlet.

Proverbs is so wonderful. It is like a treasure of practical advice for all, including children, and then the marvelous deeper meanings can be uncovered as we grow older and older. In fact, it would be a life-long project.

The next doll house project? Homemade blankets for the dolls’ beds.

Lynn

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