Ever since childhood, grandpa was the person responsible for cleaning and polishing all the shoes for his family. In Jamaica, we call this chore “shining shoes”. Yesterday when he did this chore, the twins observed with great interest.As a youngster, Sunday was a day of worship and rest, not a day for labour. All shoes must be cleaned on Saturday, clothes ironed, and everything organized for a peaceful Sunday.
“The females in our home were not allowed to polish and clean their shoes, so my duty on Saturdays included the chore of shining the shoes for the entire household. I grew to like this chore and took pride in the shine shoes at the end . . . I still do!”
The twins watching grandpa busy polishing, had much to say about shoes; their words were not easily understood, but we got the drift of their conversation. During this period of time, each twin was seen alone observing grandpa. We have no idea what each one was thinking and we are yet to see what lessons were learned today. One thing is certain however, at one point or the other, they both wanted to help with the shining of shoes. I like this quote . . .
“The adventure of life is to learn.
The purpose of life is to grow.
The nature of life is to change.
The challenge of life is to overcome.
The essence of life is to care.
The opportunity of life is to serve.
The secret of life is to dare.
The spice of life is to befriend.
The beauty of life is to give.”