The midget has been quite busy recently with commissions for his cushions. This makes him feel very proud - to be earning money, to be able to 'pay' me for helping him (I refuse payment, just so you know, but he likes to be able to offer), to give his brother a pound or two as a gift... it has made him feel grown up and important. He really works at it too. He doesn't stop until the work is done. He makes sure all seams are sewn properly. He clips any stray thread. He is meticulous about presentation and keeping his work clean. And then the packaging must be 'just right' too.
I am impressed by his resolve. He never leaves a job half-done, and even though his brother begs him to come and play, he will not do so until his has completed the task.
If any seven year old has earned his pocket money, then this little man has. He would work all day and into the night if I let him. It's amazing to see how real work can transform a boy, how responsibility can be met and then grown into fully, how work dignifies a person.
I pray these children of mine will always be workers, and proud to be so. Amin.