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Kids Are Insightful–Frightfully So
October 15, 2011, 8:06 pm
Filed under: Biography, Destined to get me in trouble

We were recently privileged to have some good friends come and stay with us for a few days. They could vacation other places, but they choose to endure the purgatorious charms of the ghetto, and pay us a great compliment by staying with us instead.

They have three daughters, all of whom are polite, good-natured, imaginative, and every bit children. It is hilarious, as a non-parent, watching them interacting with one another, trying both to emulate their parents and to express their own personalities with the limitations in vocabulary and experience that so charm us grown-up types.

After supper we celebrated the 8th birthday of the eldest daughter with some homemade chocolate cake and ice cream. There were two varieties of ice cream on hand: one was an epicurean-looking vanilla bean passion rapturous experience, billed as having real morsels (their word, not mine) of vanilla in it. The other was (euphemistically?) called “Bunny Tracks.”

*Wink,* right? The adults in the room are supposed to find that endearing and nudge one another knowingly. “Hee hee, poop joke.” Yet the just-barely-eight-year-old saw right through it.

“Bunny Poop.”

“Yes, dear,” said Mom, briskly.

“Bunny Scat.”

“Yes, that’s what they are saying,” said Mom again, with a tone that clearly designed to brush the topic off of the discussion board.

“Why would they name ice cream after bunny droppings?”

The other two children sat transfixed, waiting for Mom’s sage interpretation of the curious and slightly distasteful moniker.

“They probably thought it was cute. Let’s not talk about that right now.”

“Well I think that’s yucky.”

She ate it anyways, but she probably ate thoughtfully when she got to the first little brown lump in the otherwise vanilla ice cream.

The children in your church’s children’s ministry are just as insightful. They know what you are doing.


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