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Monday, June 23, 2008

A Little Child Shall Lead Them

Remember Jr. High when you would dare your friend to ask the teacher an embarrasing question. Immediately, said friend would raise his hand and say, "Teacher, Brian wants to know if you..." In those moments you totally felt outed and humbled. Yeah, that happened to me the other day. I took the boys and our 4 year old neighbor boy to the park. Now rumor has it that this little guy can speak Spanish pretty well but he doesn't speak it to Gringos. I always try to get him to say stuff in Spanish but he rarely will. On our way home we saw two Tico kids jumping rope. I asked Caleb how to say "jumprope" in Spanish but he didn't know. I said, "You could ask them." Immediately said friend called out, "Ey, Como se llama eso porque el no sabe." (Hey, what do you call that because HE doesn't know.)
It was humbling on many levels:

  1. The young girl looked shocked as this little blonde gringo spoke perfect Spanish for the big, dumb gringo.
  2. Blondie totally threw me under the bus.
  3. I have thirty years on this little guy and I will never catch up to his Spanish ability.
  4. He should be looking up to me but I realized I was looking up to him.

In Jr. High you could get even with your friend when he hosed you like that. Atomic wedgies were the great equalizer. But this time I've got nothing. All I can say is, "Caleb Rocks!"

This week is spiritual emphasis week at school. We have a guest speaker Dr. David Sills from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. I am really praying that God would draw me close to his heart this week. I guess he was just giving me a headstart in the humility department last week:)

2 comments:

Jenny said...

Ohhhh, what a sweet post! You are too kind! i just read your post out loud to Caleb and I told him you had told that story on the Internet for everybody to read and he did his big surprise face, complete with mouth gaping open! You made his day!! (and mine!) :)

sosarajevo said...

And we are impressed with ourselves when we rock out our Bosnian with 2nd and 3rd graders! How embarassing! You know they are thinking "What a big loser!" Awesome post! We are missing you guys! Hey, by the way, how are the ribs a cookin?

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