The First Parent

		Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take 
		comfort from the thought that even G-d's omnipotence 
		did not extend to His kids.  After creating heaven 
		and earth, G-d created Adam and Eve. 
		And the first thing G-d said to them was: "Don't."
		"Don't what?" Adam asked.
		"Don't eat the forbidden fruit," said G-d.
		"Forbidden fruit?  Really?  Where is it?" Adam and 
		Eve asked, jumping up and down excitedly.
		"It's over there," said G-d, wondering why he hadn't 
		stopped after making the elephants. A few minutes 
		later G-d saw the kids having  an apple break and he 
		was very angry.
		"Didn't I tell you not to eat that fruit?" the First 
		Parent asked.
		"Uh huh," Adam replied.
		"Then why did you do it?" G-d asked exasperatedly.
		"I dunno," Adam answered.
		G-d's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have 
		children of their own. 
		Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.  
		But there is a reassurance in this story.  If you 
		have persistently and lovingly tried to give your 
		children wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be 
		so hard on yourself.  If G-d had trouble handling 
		His children, what makes you think it should be a 
		piece of cake for you?

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