The subject of the story with Aunt Amy
“I love you, Grandma,” said her 4-year-old kindhearted and obviously affectionate grandson. Sporting a matching navy and yellow Nike zip-up sweatshirt with warm-up pants, the boy spoke to his own mother’s Mom in the backseat of his family’s white Suburban.
My sister, along with her four young children, plus Grandma and me after Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (a treatment I had after cancer treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room), rode around the day prior to South Lyon’s city-wide subdivision garage sales searching for goods at pre-sales.
Galatians 5:22-23 says “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
In addition to my charming nephew clearly demonstrating the first fruit of the Spirit, a deficit in the final one was evident earlier that day as well. The Suburban sat parked in the driveway at a sale while his Mom was browsing.
Spats occur between all siblings, and in this particular quarrel, the youngster expressed his rage in a physical manner. Arguments arose among the two oldest brothers, the 4-year-old and his older brother, in the rear seat of their car. Unable to restrain his anger and exercise self-control, the boy hauled off and slapped his older brother multiple times. Moreover, still in the moments of his aggression, the enraged little one kicked at the Grandma he adored.
After their Mom finished perusing the current sale, she was informed of her second child’s naughty actions once returning to the vehicle. As parents of their four growing children, my sister and brother-in-law are raising remarkable offspring. Together they are successful in their efforts to bring up Jesus-loving, bright, caring and disciplined kids.
“What do you think I’ll take away from you for acting like this?” his mother asked sternly.
A few seconds lapsed while the young boy pondered what could be taken from him as punishment for his bad behavior. An upcoming game in his first ever soccer season, riding his bike outside with his brothers, going to the fun Awana program at a nearby church … all possible consequences but apparently none more important than the aroma surrounding his 4-year-old physique.