Let’s Not Forget the Really Important Things in Life

A grandmother recounts:

Last week, I took my grand-children to a restaurant

My six-year-old grand-son asked if he could say grace.

As we bowed our heads he said, “God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Nana gets us ice cream for dessert.  And liberty and justice for all! Amen!”

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark, “That’s what’s wrong with this country.  Kids today don’t even know how to pray.  Asking God for ice cream!  Why, I never!”

Hearing this, my grand-son burst into tears and asked me, “Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?”

As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job, and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table.

He winked at my grand-son and said, “I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer.”

“Really?” my grand-son asked.

“Cross my heart,” the man replied.

Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), “Too bad she never asks God for ice cream  A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes.”

Naturally, I bought my grand-children ice cream at  the end of the meal.  My grand-son stared at his for a moment, and then did something I will remember the rest of my life.


He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, “Here, this is for you.  Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes; and my soul is good already.”

The End

 

I love this story!
Please keep it moving.
Sometimes, we all need some ice cream.


I hope God sends you some ice cream today!


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About emanita01

I am a Franco-american woman who hails from Massachusetts. I live in France near the Swiss border, only minutes away from Geneva. I am a member of the Geneva Writers Group and the Association La Forge, a literary group based in France. I write stories, poems and am currently working on a couple of plays, a one-woman show and a dramatized poem.
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2 Responses to Let’s Not Forget the Really Important Things in Life

  1. Jo Bryant says:

    it really has something this story…

    • emanita01 says:

      Yes, it is remarkable.
      As I read it again just now, the “And liberty and justice for all.” hit me.
      Says a lot about the state of mind of the woman, doesn’t it?
      I mean the fact that those words, coming from the mouth of a six-year old, didn’t strike her as being extraordinary.

      Glad you shared it with me. BTW, how’d you come across this story?

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