For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.
-- Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol" --
A few days ago, I was sitting in a chair reading my Bible when my four year-old daughter, Isabelle, suddenly burst into the room and declared that she had made up a new song. I noticed that she was clutching her purple recorder. Isabelle does not play the recorder. Only, she does. The plastic device was lined randomly with half-creased stickers from one of her many sticking-in books. It looks more like an oversized toy from a cracker, not a real instrument of music-making. However, I am led to believe that it could – on occasion – produce a basic, mostly-in-tune song, if pushed. Such an occasion would, of course, require someone who plays the recorder. And Isabelle does not play the recorder. But why should that stop her?
She’s four, after all.