Fulfilling My Responsibility While Babysitting My Granddaughter
(Minghui.org) After my daughter went back to work at the end of her maternity leave, she asked me to babysit. I did not want to, because I talked to people on a daily basis to raise awareness about the persecution of Falun Gong. Babysitting would make it difficult to do what I believed to be most important.
My daughter insisted that I take care of the baby, and she suggested that I take the baby with me when I went out to talk to people. After going out with my daughter and the baby several times, I found that it was actually easier to talk to people that way.
The Beginning of a New Journey
I bought an electric tricycle and began this new journey with my granddaughter.
Everything appeared to be alright when I took on this extra responsibility. The electric tricycle worked very well, as no matter how far I went, I never had to worry about the battery.
My granddaughter was very well-behaved. She smiled and sometimes waved at people. I never had to change a diaper while we were out.
Despite the hot summer weather, she did fine under a tent on the tricycle and never had heat rash.
I usually joined other practitioners to study the Falun Gong teachings in the afternoon. At first I was concerned about bringing my granddaughter with me. One practitioner told me that the baby could take her nap while we studied the Fa. On the way to the fellow practitioner's home, I fed the little one, and she usually fell asleep after we arrived and woke up after we finished studying.
At home, it was also amazing that my granddaughter played by herself while I was doing housework. My daughter often said to me, "This child is so different. In fact, I know that it was Master who helped me, which he does as long as I have the heart to do the things required of a Falun Gong disciple.
There was some interference when I first began to babysit my granddaughter. Whenever I sent forth righteous thoughts, she would cry.
I remembered what Master said:
“... just by having your heart unaffected you will be able to handle all situations.” (“Eliminate Your Last Attachment(s)” in Essentials for Further Advancement II)
My heart was not moved by any interference. For over a year, my Fa study, sending righteous thoughts, and talking to people about Falun Gong, as well as my house work, were not affected.
Some family members objected to my taking my granddaughter with me when I talked to people about Falun Gong. But many extraordinary things happened to the baby, so they finally changed their minds.
One incident is still fresh in my mind. I was about to go home when my granddaughter walked into an alley. She refused to obey when I called her. I ran to her and saw that she had stopped in front of a discarded Falun Gong flyer.
“Did you see the flyer? Is that why you came here?” I asked.
She nodded and she told me she wanted to take it home. I think she must have seen the flyer in another dimension. It was shining and bright – otherwise, how else could she have found it?
Master Arranged Everything
It has been about a year since I started to take my granddaughter with me while raising awareness about the persecution. I know many practitioners have encountered similar situations when they were asked to babysit their grandchildren.
If you want to step forward and do everything a practitioner should do, you have to break through many human notions. Do not get overly obsessed about whether the child will be cold or hungry. We have to let go of the old ways of how we used to babysit the little ones.
I believe that none of the children born into a Falun Gong disciple's family are ordinary, that they all came for the Fa. If we stay at home to take care of them and not fulfill our responsibility as a disciple, that is not good for the child, either.
In fact, Master has arranged everything for us. All we need to do is let go of our human emotions and notions.