Last month I discovered that the Big Sister can recite the Lord's Prayer. I had no idea she could do it. When she finished I told her how fabulous I think it is that she'd learned such a long prayer. Then I asked her to do it again, just to be certain. The second time confirmed it. Her version goes
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be my name.
I started to think about the prayers I said as a kid. At school we said grace before lunch. At home we said grace before dinner. I figured it was time our girls started to say grace before dinner. I asked my lovely Facebook crew for suggestions, and they had loads of fabulous little versions of grace for kids.
I discovered this grace a few years ago in a cookbook I bought in Kingaroy. Lady Flo's favourite grace has become my favourite too.
I was teary with pride the first time I heard the Big Sister recite the Lord's Prayer. I felt the same way the first time we stood side by side at the dawn service and sang our national anthem together. A blubbing mummy isn't the only thing those two events had in common, her version of Advance Australia Fair goes..
We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is good by sea.
As we sat down and I introduced the idea of saying Grace, the Big Sister surprised me once again. She's been saying Grace with her class at kitchen garden and her version might be the best of the lot!