20 January, 2011
He brought it to me, clutching it in the palm of his hand, cupping it with the other.
"I have something to show you."
Now i have to tell you, when my boys come carrying something covered in their hands, i get nervous. Real nervous. However, i'm learning to take a deep
breath, smile, breathe a quick prayer that it's not a
snake or a mouse and say with eager anticipation,
"What is it?" You see, i've been burned, not by my sons but by other people's sons, both big and little. I remember sitting happily at a church picnic, visiting with my friends when a young boy comes bouncing up to me, carrying a covered plate. "Hey, look at this!" he cheerily says and i look. And scream. Small mammals don't belong on covered paper plates, especially at church functions. It was only then that i realized half the people were watching, doubled over with laughter. I was set up and i've never gotten over it. I've also been handed beautifully wrapped gifts only to discover the kind of toy that i never allowed in my home before. Rubber snakes. Ahem....i wonder who THAT was. Soooo, when my sons come in with a sweet smile and covered hands, i start feeling funny, but i am a big girl and i can face my fear.
A Junco is nothing to fear however, and i have to say that i am delighted with the tenderness i see in our sons toward animals, even a helpless bird. We all ooohed and aaahhed, and afterwards he took it outside, setting it free, his eyes shining with the joy of having touched a special part of God's creation. Another homeschool science lesson completed.........and mama didn't even scream.
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