Our little preschooler has become such an expert in matters, that she loves to ask questions to test our facts.
“What has a big long gray trunk, a tail, and three legs?” she asked the other night.
My husband, mother-in-law, and I glanced at each other puzzled. “Three legs?” we asked her.
“Yes, three legs,” she repeated with certainty.
She had, in fact, stumped us.
She sighed and lifted one arm to her nose. “It has a trunk like this,” she said very slowly. “And three legs, like this.” She stomped on the floor.
There was a moment of silence. “An elephant?” my husband answered tentatively.
Her eyes lit up. “Yes! You got it! An elephant has a trunk, a tail, and THREE LEGS!”
“But an elephant has four legs,” we explained to her.
She stopped to consider this, counted some numbers in her head, and replied, “No, just three.”
The next morning, on a trip to LEGOLAND, lo and behold, I spotted a blocky replica of just the animal in question. “Look! Go and count that elephant’s legs right now!” I told my daughter.
This would settle it once and for all.
She ran over to the side of the bridge and peered through the bars. “One, two … three!” She turned to us, “See!”
We all took a look. She had a very valid point.
My mother-in-law (“Poa Poa” in Chinese) helped her insistent granddaughter look carefully around the large gray animal and count all of its legs.
“Oh four,” my daughter said, finally. Then she frowned and whispered to me, “Why does it look like it has THREE then?”
Little minds ask big questions sometimes, don’t they?
Perspective is such a powerful thing. I know for me, I can so easily draw quick conclusions about my life, my circumstances, the people in it. I can so easily cling to discouragement and frustration before I understand the whole story. I often need help to stop, to see around, to remember there is a bigger picture that I simply flat-out miss. How many times do I struggle to trust the One whose words promise to stand true, through rain, wind, and storm?
Too many times to count.
How children teach us. 🙂
I did learn something from our little “expert” after all. You don’t have to be a preschooler to have a few three-legged animals in your life too.
Might you have any three-legged animals in your life that beg for a second look?
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:18