Let’s face it. 

Children are not known for their selflessness. Absent any outside influence, the words “mine” and “no” are among the first that we utter.

And the inclination to be selfish doesn’t really go away when we become an adult.Josh (1)

It’s our awareness that changes.

And when you’re aware of how little thought and consideration you demonstrate outside of yourself, it produces conviction , and conviction leads to action, and action leads to change.

I didn’t necessarily want to give up my bed to accommodate our guests.  But, even as a small child who was otherwise unaware of what was happening around him, somehow, I knew that it was a good thing.

The benefit of growing up in this kind of environment is that it provided my life with a template.

As an adult, when I feel “put out” at the thought of giving up my personal space, it’s my past that reminds me of who I want to be in the present.

I’m always the last (and the best) so you’ve probably already read my sibling’s comments, but just in case, you can click below.








  1. Darlene Hosea-Norton   •  

    I love all the stories, from all of you. Growing up, my family spent many years with the Thompson family. We watched as many families, us ( the Norton’s) included spending time picking, and grinning, and singing gospel songs in worshipping the Lord. Sleaping on the floor, and giggling, laughing, and eating wonderful food Marilyn cooked. We were never hungry when we were at Bill, and Marilyn’s. You always felt welcome, even when Bill would invite you over, and forget to tell Marilyn till the last minute. For years, it was our home away from home. Great memories, great times.

    • Marilyn Thompson Parker   •     Author

      Yes, they were great memories. You guys are in half our family pictures. I miss your folks.

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