In a hallway to the tv room, on a wall in front of the boy’s dorm, is a tree with kid’s photos hanging like fruit. These photo’s were taken some years back and the children have long since outgrown their photos, each day becoming something new, their emotions taking them on minute by minute roller coasters. For businessman, kids are future buying customers or part of their future labor force. For schools, kids are society’s future mom’s and dad’s and bring money from the state. For politicians, kids are future voters who will have to pay for  current policy mistakes. For Jesus, children are to be nurtured. At Ms. Sue’s, children give this home its life. They run down halls, swing on swings on the playground, sharpen pencils at school, recite devotionals, watch Disney movies before bedtime, do their chores with only a little complaining. It takes a long time for human fruit to ripen. Yesterday’s photo’s don’t do justice to today’s faces. It is, I’m observing, time for some new portraits.
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