“Jordan, how was school?”
…his mouth opens to grunt and I see the vacant look in his eyes so I say…
“more than one word”
“it was fine.”
“More than three words.”
Eye contact is made, brain is switched on, phone in pocket is forgotten, “we played- three lies and a truth- and I won.”
“explain that to me”
“Well, I tell four things about myself, three of them are lies and one is the truth and the class has to guess the truth. So I said,
- I have a black sister
- I have lived in a foreign country
- My dad is in the military
- I have moved eleven times
And no one could guess the truth because around here everyone’s dad works for the military.”
“Kevin how was school?”
…he knew what I couldn’t accept for an answer after listening to me push his brother into detail…
“we finally, after three days, solved the human knot in theater class.”
(knowing but wanting to hear from his perspective) “what is the human knot? And why did it take three days to solve?”
“well, about thirty-five of us stood in a circle, crossed our hands and grasped someone not standing next to us, and we had to have a different person for each hand. Then we had to open the knot and regain our circle again without letting go of a hand. It took us three solid days to finally do it because the circle kept getting broken. And there were some awkward moments when I needed to hold my breath and close my eyes!”
…I remember doing the human knot in theater classes, and the director was trying to teach us the value in team work and tolerance…
Jordan commented, “in our youth group when we did the human knot one kid could talk and be the leader and everyone else had to be silent and follow the directions, that was hard because everyone wants to do it their way.”
I liked that. That’s how we learn to be quiet, listen, and follow. It’s harder to learn to be a follower than a leader these days. And we are called as Christians to follow Jesus and His way, not our own way. That’s a good exercise.
“Jack, how was school?” Head dropped, snoring.
…we took that as “exhausting”.
***dear readers… I wrote a doozy of a mistake in this post… and rather than correct it I invite you to see the dialog of correction in the comments.