by Anniel 4/21/17
All of us who are parents and grandparents like to collect and remember the funny, wise or profound comments of the children in our families. Sometimes one child will be the pronouncer of all things we want to repeat. This week that honor goes to the 8-year-old son of our oldest daughter. His name is Milo.
Milo was recently chosen to be the Student of the Year in his second grade class. The other students were invited to explain why they voted for him and the consensus was that he is “the sharpest knife in the drawer.”
He loves to read and apparently is very good at math, and remembers odd facts at random.
This week a family that has a son in Milo’s Sunday School and regular school class came to visit and and talk turned to the Ten Commandments. All of the children were being good and participating in the discussion, when out of nowhere Milo said: “I hear that Latin is a dead language.” Which was kind of strange and stopped the conversation for a few minutes. But that’s the kind of factoid Milo often tosses out.
The adults then continued their discussion and said they wished they had some cues to help them remember the Commandments in order. Milo suddenly decided he wanted to read the Tenth Commandment aloud because he thought it was important. And so he read as follows:
“Thou shalt not convert thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not convert thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.”
His mother says they were all trying hard not to laugh, both because of the mistaken word readings, but also because of the look on Milo’s face when he saw the word “ass.” She says he blushed and looked shocked but dropped his eyes to the ground and forged bravely ahead. When he finished she says he kept his eyes down and apologized for saying a “bad” word, but “that’s what the bible says.”
Then one of the adults gently told him, “Actually, I think we do want to convert our neighbor’s wife, and probably our neighbor and all his friends, too. But we don’t want to covet or take anything of our neighbor’s. You don’t need to worry about the word “ass” though, it’s just another name for a “donkey.”
Milo understands the difference between “convert” and “covet” now, but told his mom and dad he’s still not going to use the “bad” word, even if it is in the bible.
God bless all the sweet children. I’m going to try and be better about my bad words, too. Maybe that’s one of the apple seeds we need to cultivate in our debased society today.