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.