Says the teacher to the parent, “When you get home, ask her to tell you all about the stick she received in chapel.”
Each child was handed a stick. The stick presumably went hand-in-hand with the lesson taught in chapel. Object lessons come in handy when talking to three and four-year olds about abstract concepts. My Molly was one of those three-year olds armed with a stick and a valuable, new understanding of … something.
Me: “So, Molly, why did you get a stick?”
Molly: “Because I like sticks.”
Me: “Is the stick supposed to remind you of something?”
Me: “Did your teacher tell you the stick means something?”
Molly: “It means nothing.”
Me: “Nothing at all?”
Molly: “Beavers like sticks. They come from big trees.”
Me: “Oh! Did you talk about beavers in chapel?”
Molly: “I think so.”
Me: “So what did your teachers say about sticks and beavers.”
Molly: “Something about God.”
And there we have it. Molly and I have had different variations of this conversation since chapel. They’ve pretty much gone the same way. I’ve come to two different possible conclusions:
- It was a do-it-yourself chapel lesson. Can you imagine a do-it-yourself sermon? Everyone in the congregation would receive a stick with the instructions, “Use this stick to teach a lesson. (Wait. Did that sound violent? I meant a lesson with words – not a lesson involving the threatening use of a stick). It should be something about God.”
- I will not know what that stick meant. Ever.
So what do you think? Any ideas? It has something to do with a stick, beavers, and (quite possibly) God.