Cliff and Norm, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

I just returned from a family trip with my two fabulous grandsons.  I listened to a lot of rap with my 14 yr old and slept with the 9 year old who sleeps in giant circles so I frequently woke with a foot or an arm in my face.

It was a delicious, precious and fun time.

We are all so different.  Happy and cranky.  We call the grandsons "Cliff and Norm" (think Cheers).  If one says its raining the other says it is not!  Then each tries to prove their point!

They are funny, interesting, intelligent and quick to get it!

I wouldn't trade this experience for anything.

I wish in this political climate we could all stay interested and curious with one another.  Instead, I am exhausted with cruelty, meanness, fear and an incessant need to win and be on top without benefit of underlying loving kindness.

Jesus said, "The poor will always be with us."  I don't think he just meant financial differences, but also personality, temperament, and opposing viewpoints.  I don't believe this great teacher meant that some of you are right and some are wrong.

Kabbalah teaches that there is presence in all of it.  We need to learn to allow and respect, even love, the Cliff and Norm in everything.

Susan Austin-Crumpton
Executive Director & Founder
The Estuary, Inc.