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Delighting in ‘Unscaring’ Children

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“Then they brought the little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.’ And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.” (Luke 10:13-16)

    There have been a lot of little children to go through Miss Jan’s Nursery and Playschool over the past 35 years. That’s how long they have been serving our community by assisting families by providing quality day care for those who need it. The children are welcome to stay there until they are four years of age. At that age, they move on to preschool. Until that time, however, Sue Martin along with the staff are actively preparing the children for the unexpected.
Recently the children were blest to see firemen and a fire truck. Children can be scared when it comes to the unfamiliar. Fire trucks are always a fascination for the young and the young at heart. But those driving fire trucks do not normally ride away with someone you love, like maybe an ambulance would do.
I was invited to come in and share with the children what Emergency Medical Technicians do. I welcomed the opportunity as it was planned for several weeks in advance. As the time approached, I thought the children may enjoy the experience much more if they could see an actual ambulance and actually touch many of the tools we use to help people get better in the pre-hospital setting. Mrs. Sue Martin thought that would be a very good idea as well so I pursued the initiative.
I approached Chris Hunter who owns the ambulance service called Vital Care. I explained why we wanted to do this and that it would be a great introduction to the children so that, as Mrs Martin says, “the children won’t be scared when they see an ambulance.” Chris Hunter was quick with his response: “Any time!” Not only did Mr. Hunter allow it, he personally drove a freshly refurbished ambulance down from Americus just for this meeting. Together we unloaded the stretcher from the ambulance, let Tabitha, my daughter who works at Miss Jan’s, ride in on the stretcher. The stretcher didn’t look so imposing when Tabitha came in with her contagious smile! The children took turns sitting on the stretcher. We offered to take some blood pressures. Instant line! We had a little Q&A period. I noticed a little girl was crying. I got down on my knees to get on her level and asked her what was the matter. She didn’t want to go out to see the ambulance because she was scared. I assured her that no one was going to make her go see it. She could stay inside if she wanted to.
The most anticipated part of the visit had finally arrived. All were invited out to see the ambulance. We turned on the lights, we hit the siren, and in the middle of the “unscared” children was our little girl who didn’t want to go outside. She looked a little different with her big grin. Mission accomplished.

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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