Monday, February 13, 2006

If only I had the memory of a 4 yr old

Off and on for the past year we have been reading "Jimmy's Lost Bug", by Simon Smith to Ethan. It is a very cute book that retells the parable of the Lost Sheep using mice and bugs. Sounds wierd, but it works.

Anyway, Ethan really likes it, and for the past 3 weeks straight we have been reading it at bedtime (his choice). One day, he decides that he is going to 'read' the story to Daddy. And he did. Perfectly.

2 things about this blew me away. The first is that twice in the story, we read about Jimmy's pet bugs. Each one has a name. There are Brian, Jack, Kate, Barry, Harry, Caroline, Tom, Jess, sophie, Caleb, Zoe, Pamela, Mitch, Mark, Sandra, Meagan, Peter, Luke, Graham, Hannah, Susan, Gary, Penny, Rachel, Laura, Loren, Grace, Rebekah, Joshua, Jacob, Joel, Tammy, Robbie, Daniel, Sara, James, Jonathan, Max, Eloise, George, Emma, Sam, and Lester (Spoiler alert: Lester is the one who gets lost). Most of the time, Ethan can tell you each name of each bug.

Also, after the story on the last page, is this passage from Luke 15: 4-6:

Then Jesus told them a story. He said, "Suppose one of you has 100 sheep and loses one of them.
Won't he leave the 99 in the open country? Won't he go and look for the one lost sheep until he
finds it? When he finds it, he will joyfully put it on his shoulders and go home. Then he will call his
friends and neighbors together. He will say 'Be joyful with me. I have found my lost sheep.'"

Ethan has this passage memorized too. I don't want to say he's brilliant, but the kid sure is sharp. I'm very proud of him, but mostly I am convicted that I need to be sharing more of the Scriptures with him.

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1 Comments:

At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Katherine said...

How cool! I think it's safe to say he's brilliant :-) Keep up the reading!

 

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