Monday, November 19, 2007

Out of Context

So, a couple of days ago Mason was reading in the morning before school. I was doing dishes when he came to me and asked, "Mom, what does L-U-S-T mean?" I almost dropped a plate in the sink. I stammered, "Um, well, it's...yeah, I mean...it's like when you want something really badly--like a man wants to kiss a woman." He thanked me for my help and then continued reading. I was thinking about how I might have handled that differently if I hadn't been so caught off-guard by it when his next question broke through my musings. Mason was looking up at me again, "Mom, what does 'thrust' mean?" I had to laugh. "Lust" and "thrust"--where was Michael when I needed him? I could barely get my "short, violent push" definition out between chuckles.

You might be wondering what I was letting my seven year-old son read that contained such words. Well, my cute boy recently started reading The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ in preparation for his baptism next spring. He was actually reading a part where an evil man did "lust" after another family's riches and then "thrusts" said family members out of his house. See how innocent it truly was? With "lust" and "thrust" it really is a matter of context.

12 comments:

The Pugs said...

How CUTE! What a big boy he is becoming! I wish him the best of luck in his reading.

Julia A said...

Whoa. Context is everything, isn't it? Good for Mason for starting to read the BoM now!

Cami said...

Oh dear, that IS innocent. And yet it sounds so very naughty! Although scriptures really do get into mature topics . . .

Deb said...

oh my gosh, mendy! no wonder you got the giggles. :)

Rebecca said...

I have to admit that I was thinking what is he reading!! I guess I need to get my mind out of the gutter!!

Jenni said...

Wow, yeah I would have guessed those questions were going a completely different way!!:) Good job to Mason for reading the BoM on his own!

Jen said...

WHOA!

Kellie said...

Great story, Mendy. I'm glad you're back-I've missed reading your posts.

Jann said...

I just love questions like this. How great that he is doing this.

Tracy said...

Look where your thoughts went, Mendy! I was totally thinking of lust as greed and thrust as throwing someone out. I guess my thoughts are just purer :)

Sally said...

I was totally with you Mendy, naturally. :) I like your boy. He's funny!

Anonymous said...

Maybe if you hang out with Tracy more you could be more spiritual and not autaomaticaly think bad things when you hear certain words.
signed, Tracys brother.

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