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True or not, that's what I tell them. Now if that doesn't work, I use Plan B. Since the expanding universe answer has become a little worn and isn't as effective anymore, I have to rely on some words of wisdom I picked up from Dennis Rodman on The Celebrity Apprentice. They are, "It's all love."This is a great catch-all phrase that means something like, "Everything is good and has its purpose." But when I use it, it means, "Do you really think I'm such an amateur that I'm going wrestle with this psychological tar baby that you've conjured up?" And it works a little like this:So all I can conclude from being mentally stuck on the float when wondering where this line of thinking leaves us is that we will never have all the answers to all of these "whys," but as Mother Theresa put it, if we, ". . .do small things, with great love..." - like run a farm and train apprentices and send them off in the world or raise our kids with love and not get bogged down on the particulars - we will do okay. If we are tuned into the Mother Ship, maybe not with a direct uplink for specific answers to our questions but for general guidance, things will turn out all right. And as she suggests, this is the way that we can do "something wonderful."

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									                                                                                                               one of two things. The first is a scene

                                                         The                                                   from Annie Hall. In it, the main charac-
                                                                                                               ter, Alvie Singer, has stopped doing his

                                                     Therapy                                                   homework because, as he tells his upset
                                                                                                               parents and family doctor, “The universe
                                                                                                               is expanding.”

                                                        Fund                                                        I like to drop that one on the kids. It
                                                                                                               goes a little like this:
                                                                                                                    “Dad, why are we eating the dreaded
                                                                                                               X for supper?”
                                                         The journey of an                                          “Hey, did you realize something?
                                                        unschooling father                                     Did I tell you that the universe is expand-

                                              by Nathanael Schildbach                                               “Yeah, you told us that a million
                                                                                                               times, but why are we eating the much
                                                                                                               maligned X for supper?”
Finding Your Uplink to Your Own Mother Ship                                                                         “Do you realize what that means?
                                                                                                               That means that with every passing mo-
“Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers.” ~ Voltaire                                     ment, the percentage that we are of the
                                                                                                               universe becomes smaller and smaller.”
“What I do, you cannot do; but what you do, I cannot do. The needs are
                                                                                                                    True or not, that’s what I tell them.
great, and none of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all
                                                                                                               Now if that doesn’t work, I use Plan B.
do small things, with great love, and together we can do something
                                                                                                               Since the expanding universe answer has
wonderful.” ~ Mother Teresa
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