Anxiety weighs down the heart,
but a kind word cheers it up.
Today I “chaperoned” a field trip to the aquarium for my old high school’s Marine Biology class. I used scare quotes there deliberately, because for juniors and seniors in high school, chaperoning was extremely nominal. Mom really just invited me as a free pass to the aquarium, and how could I pass that up?
Boy, I had forgotten how cool the aquarium was. Or more accurately, the aquarium has gotten way cooler since I went there last — it has to have been 15 years ago, at least. They have amazing, expanded touch tanks where you can touch sea urchins, sea anemones (say it with me: AN-EM-ON-NEE), sea cucumbers, sea stars of many varieties, and all sorts of other Pacific Northwest aquatic life. So many of the high school students had apparently never even touched a sea cucumber or anemone, and they were more tentative than the small children when it came to reaching in the tanks. Imagine going 18 years without ever having touched a sea anemone! As our pastor at church would say, “Your life is far short of what it could be.”