for the children

I love walking into our unisex bathroom at church
and seeing the plastic chair
pulled right up to the sink
and knowing some of our children—
some of the smaller ones
who can’t yet reach the sink on their own,
had been in there washing their hands.

That’s the main reason that white plastic chair is kept in there—
for the children—
whose needs, assessed,
are provided for—
as they are, hopefully, for all
members of the community.

Part of the ongoing conversation of our community:
how can we provide our children, along with all others,
the means and opportunities
to grow into taking good care of themselves and others
and then leave them to do it
and take joy in the signs of their having done it?


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