I was just outside fixing our sprinklers and putting in a few vegetable plants that I will manage to kill by the end of this month (my guess based on past gardening attempts). The children were outside with me, riding their bikes and playing in the sprinklers. Up comes the neighbor boy from two doors down, who just got home from school a few minutes ago. He is about 5 or 6, and we'll call him "J" for this blog post.
J is a very nice little boy. He often comes over to play when our kids are outside and he gets home from preschool in the early afternoon. On various occasions, I have overheard our kids inviting him to church, giving him invitations to our church, explaining to him about believing on Jesus, etc. They have also explained to him why TV is bad, and a few other similar "controversial" issues.
Today, they were schooling him on public schools.
Miriam (4): "You should not go to public school. It is bad!"
J: "No, I just started a new school, and it is nice."
Miriam: "They still teach bad stuff there."
J: "But I have to go."
Miriam: "Just stop going there. Just stay home!"
J (in an attempt to change the subject): "I just got shots today!"
Miriam (mortified): "You got shot???"
J (pointing to his upper arm): "Right here!"
Miriam: "You got shot in the arm with a real gun??!? That is so bad!"
By this point I was doubled over laughing, and I explained to Miriam that J had gotten vaccines, which is called getting shots, and that it is not done with a real gun. She is probably out there teaching him about the evils of vaccines as I am typing this.
Proverbs 22:6 - Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.