You know, we talk and talk and talk to and at our kids. Mostly with hope that our children will listen to our guidance and will be spared from harsh life lessons. We sometimes feel like “broken records.” We often feel unheard. And surely we are never fully aware of just what our kids are taking in at any given moment and turning over inside their quickly expanding and editing brain circuitry and applying to themselves, others and the world as they experience it.
Tis the season to be at church. Of course we’re at church most Sundays, sans soccer season, since Mark is the band’s lead vocalist. The Lord’s Prayer is part of the service. Always. I know the words by heart and have since I was a very young child, and I am sad to admit that I don’t necessarily reflect on the meaning or intent of what is behind the words as I speak them, because I’ve been reciting the prayer for decades. It has become a broken record for me…
But gosh, all of a sudden that changed. Greyson whispered to Mark, “Daddy, what’s temptation?”
While other church members dutifully recited the remaining words, Mark explained to our youngest that temptation is when someone is morally tested. When a person is given the choice between doing the right thing or doing something that isn’t right. Then he provided an example–one of money, how people are tempted to take money that isn’t theirs.
Now this was simply the first example that came to Mark, however Greyson realized he had something to get off his chest.
“Dad, I took all of your change yesterday.”
“Well, thanks for sharing that. You can give it back to me when we get home, okay?”
“Um; I put it in my bank. I didn’t count it… I’m gonna pray for forgiveness.”
Note: Greyson’s parents found this admission quite refreshing and amusing .