Five Year-Old Clarity
I wish I could view the world with the black and white eyes of my oldest daughter whom is turning five years-old today. My wife and I have been absolutely astounded at the self-control she exhibited on occasions during the past year when she was told that the birthday cake of another child, or a delicious piece of candy she was given by a neighbor was not kosher.
This is the same little girl who in our home will protest with all the fury of her red-headed self if she doesn't get the food she is desiring at that particular second. When we are away from home, however, and we tell her something is not kosher, she immediately stops and accepts it - without crying, without a throwing a temper tantrum, and without uttering even a single word of complaint; understanding that that there is nothing in the world that anyone could do to transform something that is not kosher into something kosher.
If only I could have this same clarity to silence the "rational" arguments of my yetzer hara.