Scene: I am walking three kids to the car in a fairly deserted and complacent parking lot - but recognizing a teachable moment (as in one that won't get my child run over for making the wrong decision but knowing they need to learn before that happens), I order them to stop running, stay close to me and stay close to the car. I then kneel down to have a rational conversation with my four-year-old . . .
Me: "I know there are not many cars in this parking lot, but we still need to be very careful because we don't know when a car might come and these cars are a lot bigger than you and could crush you (now realizing I may be getting too graphic for a four-year-old but also not wanting to end with a simple, "and you could get hurt" because paper cuts hurt, cars are a little more serious) and then you could get dead."
Micaiah: (not too fazed) "Yeah, and when I get dead because of the cars, then I will see Jesus."
Me: "Well, yes, and we want to see Jesus, but I don't want you to see Jesus until you're old and wrinkly and have had lots of kids and grandkids."
Micaiah: "And when I am big like you, I will have kids!"
Me: "Yep, and when you're big like Gram, you will have grandkids. And when you're big like Grandma Veta, you will have GREAT-grandkids and I don't want you to see Jesus before that happens."
This lovely scene led to a great fascination with the idea that someday she will have her own children. Also, it led to the realization that her children will call her little brother Uncle Emmett - but for lack of anyone else, she will be marrying Joey. And they will have lots of "different kids". And they will have a little girl named Kylie, "just like my cousin."
And these are the things we learn through one teachable moment in the parking lot.
1032. A calm evening out with the family
1033. Gingerbread House ice cream
1034. Thanksgiving preparations
1035. A Christmas suit for my toddler
1036. Rice scattered everywhere - signs of good times for our children