Farewell to Nova Scotia; Seven Up!

Scene 1: One of our grand-daughter’s favorite tunes is the folk song “Farewell to Nova Scotia”. The reason? Her dad sang it to her often until both the tune and the lyrics got etched in her mind. He in turn knew it so well because as a child he heard it frequently from his dad!

Scene 2: In 1964 a British director filmed the lives of 14 seven-year old children from different social class, and followed their lives with another episode every seven years. The original was called “7 Up”, then “14 Up”, “21 Up” and so on. The latest was 49 years later, called “56 Up”. The premise was that the children’s social class predetermined their future. While this held up in most cases, another theme that emerged was that their character traits influenced largely who they become.

Like it or not, what you learned when you’re young often shaped you, for better or for worse, for the rest of your life. Reminds me of the Jesuit motto: “Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” (Francis Xavier) Watch what you feed your children, not just physically, but spiritually. It affects them more than you can imagine. Eph 6:4 Fathers,do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

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