HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN YOU GET ON A SEESAW?

How many people can you get on a seesaw? No, this isn’t a groan-inducing riddle but a happy reality. Answer? 11. Six adults and five children. This spontaneous scene was turned into a fun group photo.  The picture, now set as wallpaper on my laptop screen (because the 11 are members of my family,) shows an adult at each end of the seesaw, and then assorted big and little people filling up the rest of it. The tiniest two are being held tightly by Responsible Persons, the rest have taken pot luck in the precariousness stakes.

Sometimes the ‘seesaw’ of life is horizontal – steady, balanced, ordinary… Other times something happens to plummet us down with a bump – bereavement, divorce, illness… Sometimes we rise to heights of joy and happiness – with the birth of a child, a walk in sunshine, watching a butterfly…

When you’re at your most vulnerable, you may feel like a tiny tot who needs a Responsible Person – family member or friend – to put their arms round you and hold you in your unease. It’s good to be able to share each other’s sorrows – and joys. There’s strength in mutual love and care. We were made for companionship. The best relationship any of us can have is with God himself – who’s reliable, constant, and eager to share the ups and downs of a seesaw life with us .

 

 

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