A little later his dad came home from work and I stayed to watch Evan get his present from his family. It came in a lovely red parcel, which he opened very carefully, with a look of awe and wonder. Inside he found a little Dr's kit. A stethoscope, tweezers, scissors etc, very similar to the one I gave his mother when she was a little girl. After checking everyone with the stethoscope, he packed up his doctors bag and went off down the hall to ''work''.
This morning I got a text message from daughter which read....
Evan: "I don't want poppy to give me any presents because I've already got one and two and that's lots of them and that's
Out of the mouth of babes!!!!
As a child, Mark remembers that his father would give this answer when asked if he would like a second helping at meal times. "I've had an eloquent sufficiency and anything more would be superfluous"'
Now I know that this isn't quite the quote as it was first spoken, but it is how Mark remembers hearing it as a very small child.
Do we even know when we have had enough? My three year old grandchild does. It would be lovely to live in a culture of ''Sufficiency'' , do you agree?