Friday, July 24, 2009

Random

On the way home from the airport the other night, Allie-15 was telling us about her trip to Africa. It was close to midnight and we were having a very big-picture conversation about poverty, illness, culture, God and life lessons.

Out of the blue, Ruthie-5 interjects, "I have something to say!" (she had obviously been trying to say something for quite some time, but nobody had been paying attention to her).

"Yes, Ruthie, what do you have to say?" we asked her.

"Um. I saw, like, a thousand million shooting stars when we were at camp."

A stunned silence followed. Camp was, like, a month ago. Where on earth did that come from?

A little snickering was nipped in the bud by a DON'T SAY ANYTHING OR ELSE look from me. Then they got it: the kids took cues from each other: "Wow, Ruthie, that is so awesome! I love shooting stars!" Then we had a little conversation about stars.

Africa. Poverty. Illness. Stars.

Yep, I love the element of "random" around here. It's is one of the Great Mysteries of family life. It helps us keep things light, and, even with a carload of kids at midnight, it has a sneaky way of putting things in perspective.
He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.
Psalm 147:4

3 comments:

emily said...

Mm, I love this post!! Even though it's short I think it's one of my favorite ones (of many) of yours!, because it's just a good summary of why your family, your faith/world-view, and your blog, are so cool.

"It was close to midnight and we were having a very big-picture conversation about poverty, illness, culture, God and life lessons." Ooh, totally wish I could have listened in. Big things...

Love from Bolivia,
your blog niece :-)
(I'm hoping to get an email update out today!)

Susanne said...

I love this! Little Ruthie makes me smile. She wanted to add something important to the conversation mix and that she did. So precious!

Rebekah said...

Hi Katharine,

I've tagged you for "Queen of Awesome" award on my blog because I just love coming over here and reading all about your family and gaining wisdom from you. Thank you for all your inspiration!

Rebekah