Nine-year-old Monkeyboy in DC was explaining what he'd learned Sunday morning at Sunday school as we were driving home to mom and lunch.
What about in Dr. W.'s class I asked. (Dr. W. is a physicist who moonlights on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings to teach nine-year-olds, G-d bless her.) Aren't you guys still learning stuff about the 10 commandmants?
Yeah, he sort of grunted over the bleeps and blorps of his PSP.
You guys get to the one about honoring thy mother and thy father?
No, I don't think we've done that one, we're kind of skipping around. We learned about the second one today.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me?
Yeah, but we've been skipping around.
Well, I know you guys covered coveting right? (Dr. W. and I had talked and laughed about this a few weeks earlier.)
Yeah, but there was an interesting point in the one about stealing.
(When Monkeyboy starts off with an introduction like "...there was an interesting point...," I know its something he's been scheming about. The nine-year-olds I talk to don't talk that way in the normal course of things, Monkeyboy most definitely included.)
Did you know, he said with eyes twinkling, that even waking somebody up is considered stealing, because you're stealing their sleep?
We had a bad few mornings last week about him getting up for school with a minimum of stalling and whining.
I never heard that one before, my friend, I told him. I'm sure it doesn't apply when you have a responsibility to be someplace, or I do.
He agreed, and we talked some more about why we need to get up when we do.
This morning, he got up with the barest minimum of difficulty.
And on the Internet, I found this.
I also found this and this, if you like learning your Bible without cartoons.
Every kid in the world understands wanting to sleep later. (So do many grown-ups.)
Dr. W. hit on a detail that was sure to catch a kid's attention. And once you've got their attention, you can teach them the more important stuff.
Thank you Dr. W.