Why, yes! Those are opposites!
At the meal table, I must admit, sometimes I tune Grant out. He’s 10 years old, and speaks more words daily than probably the rest of the six of us combined. I give him this guideline: While at the table, he should count up all the people present, add one more for “Silence” and that becomes the denominator of the fraction of time he should be speaking. That, or less. In other words, if there are six people present, he should speak 1/7 of the time or less, thereby giving all others a chance to speak, plus an opportunity for quiet.
That doesn’t usually work, but I try.
So, at lunch today, Grant was rambling on about something, and I didn’t catch any of it, until I heard this:
“…so, Random Man went to meet with his mentor, Purposeful Man, and…”
I died laughing.
I needed that, because, as I described it to my husband, today was lost. It was just a lost day where nothing happened as it should, time was frittered away, the air was filled with tension, discord abounded, etc. We needed — I needed — some levity.
During lunchtime, I was also pleased that Ethan, after he inspected a blue corn tortilla chip, onto which he had accidentally dripped pepperoncini juice, noted that blue corn must be a natural pH indicator, as well! We then had an impromptu science experiment to see if the juice from the oranges they were eating would turn the chip pinkish, as well.
It was just the kind of moment God knew I needed to refresh my perspective, and regain appreciation for my kids and for the way our family works.