Raising boys is always a challenge, but especially for a single mom. Guiding young minds to excel academically, to prefer high moral standards, to choose biblical paths over the ways of the world, to become godly men who will stride into manhood with dignity, honor and grace …

Piece of cake compared to teaching them to close the lid on the toilet. I decided to add a unique touch in our bathroom. Under the lower lid (you know the one) I securely taped (and waterproofed) a reminder:

If this lid is up, you owe me $1.00!

There! That should do it! Hit ‘em where it hurts … right in the spending money.

And it worked quite nicely. No more midnight surprise dips in the water for me. Yes, it worked quite nicely until the night of the choir party.

In the busy-ness of preparing for our guests, I remembered the well-positioned potty sign only after a very shy tenor tenuously approached me. “Uh, do I pay you the dollar?”

“ … thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away.” — Job 11:16 (KJV)


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