A month or so ago, I stepped outside and caught my son in the middle of the following activity:
He had pulled out a large, completely-ripe onion from the garden and had planted it in the middle of the front yard where we are currently re-establishing the lawn (partially destroyed during our remodel).
O to have the faith of a four-year-old again!
For some reason, this really reminds me of the anecdote where St. Theresa of Avila, one of the founders of the monastic order of Discalced (or “Barefoot”) Carmelites, tests a novice’s faith by instructing her to plant a cucumber seedling upside down. That story just kind of stuck with me.
I love St. Theresa – like myself, she was of a Jewish origin and had fire and zeal and the chutzpa to do unpopular things.
Cyrus, Cyrus, quite contrary…
It’s like St. Theresa said – you just have to have faith.
Why don’t we all learn from the little guy.
My boy is four and is absolutely fascinated with machines, devices, and tools of all sorts. Especially the kind of simple mechanisms his young mind can easily understand.
So it is no wonder that he was completely, utterly taken with this contraption, mounted on the glass porch of the rental apartment where lived while our house was being remodeled.
A picture is worth a thousand words, isn’t it.
This boy loves himself a good process.
Inevitably, there came a moment when Cyrus ran out of the cans to crush, especially since they are a scarce resource in our household, which shuns pop and drinks homemade wine instead of boughten beer by and large.
Cyrus is not one to despair, though.
He quickly figured out that he could stack two or three already-crushed cans together and start all over again.
Here he’s checking out just how flat he could get ‘em.
For the record, this can of Mountain Dew came from the neighbors’. The only pop these kids get at my house is maple sap!!
It’s not that we are against refined sugar. We just don’t like it to come in a can. It’s the matter of form.