I’ve been without a coat for the past week and thought I lost it for good until I found it today at church. I was really relieved! I guess I’m quite fond of this coat; it’s warm and stylish and something I think I could wear for the rest of my life. Anyway, the children’s ministry was starting up, and I wasn’t planning on being there but I stuck around and had fun singing Christmas songs with them and left just when they were starting to write Christmas cards to their friends. I don’t know what it is about them but they’re really a fun bunch to be around, even if they can be a bit rowdy at times. Maybe because their problems seem so small and temporary from my perspective, or maybe the world just seems big and new from theirs, or maybe because they act kinda silly and I feel I have the freedom to act like a little kid again. The other week one of them finished a section in their handbook and got a plastic jewel to put in their wings on their red uniforms and I don’t know why but he asked me for the sheet where I wrote down his name and what jewel he got, to remind myself when I announced the awards, and I was just going to throw it away. Maybe he wanted a little keepsake from his accomplishment, which kind of makes me feel bad since I kinda just scrawled his name down messy. Maybe it doesn’t matter but I wish I took a little more care in that.