Robin Gudal: Kids and adults say the darndest things

Published 8:58 pm Thursday, January 2, 2020

EN(dur)ANCE by Robin Gudal

Robin Gudal


Kids say the darndest things. Sometimes parents also do.

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I have such a good story; however, I am not sure of a verse to back it. (smiling).

Years ago, many as I am over the 55 mark in life, my dad told me a lie. A lie that affects my life often.

My dad is a good guy, I don’t believe he meant to cause me so much anguish. He did, however. It is also important for you to know he was young; they say the brain doesn’t fully develop until 25. I believe he was under 25 at the time of the lie. It is a lie we talk about at least once a year.

“Robin, if you wear socks to bed, your feet will grow in circles!”

Who says that? Who even thinks such a crazy thing? We just giggle like little girls when we discuss it. To be fair; he claims he never said it, he can’t imagine why he would. However, I am pretty sure that would be a big story for a (sweet) little girl to make up; so, after years of discussion he has surrendered to my claim.

I figure he was tucking me into bed in our little Mankato apartment; as he was a college student and working a job, likely tired, very tired. I can only guess I wanted water, then the sheets this way or that way, my teddy bear, then socks for my cold feet … in exasperation of a little girl’s demands, likely the birth of the fairytale (lie) was born.

Regardless, it stuck in my head.

We hear things that are not true every day; we believe them and often they change us.

On a serious note, guard your hearts. Only receive his truth into your life. You have value, you are loved and you are important; serve Jesus and honor his kingdom. Let the lies fall to the side.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

I’m still not wearing sock to bed.

Happy January birthday, Dad. I love you!

Robin (Beckman) Gudal, intentional in life, is a wife, momma, nana, friend, and a flawed and imperfect follower of Jesus.