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Tolerating the tolerant

We've had more than our share of rain this summer, a fact backed by the weather experts. But last week's sunny days have harkened my thoughts to remembrances of how blessed a day can feel.

The recent spate of sunny days is more deeply appreciated because of the preceding months of wet. It can be easier to recapture fondness for something you haven't had for a while, which leads me to think I'd be awfully fond of a hot, semi-wet Montreal-style kiss right about now.

If the saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder" is true, then "togetherness can be a nightmare" should also be true, no?

Standing at my booth at the Addison County Fair and Field Days-seeing hordes of families pass by-enables me to understand how patience and tolerance are essential ingredients for building long-term love and commitment within a tight family unit. At the fair, I don't know for sure, but I can guess the families who're effectively utilizing patience and tolerance, simply by watching their children.

You don't have to look deeply, so much as you have to take your time looking into a child's eyes to guess if he or she is being reared with ample touches of patience and tolerance. Don't guess the rambunctious child is from a wild home and the tempered calm child is from the settled healthy home, because the opposite could be true. It's in the eyes I tell you.

My booth happened to set next to a gal with a sweet family unit consisting of a husband and four kids, all under the age of eight I believe, 'cept the husband of course. It was interesting for me to watch them interact, and very easy to see how the parents mixed just the right amount of discipline, with equal amounts of patience and tolerance, while also allowing the proper amount of leeway into their little ones lives. The kids were way full of energy, but they were considerate, and content, as were most all the kids I saw last week at the fair.

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