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Two little (?) boys

At the time this event occurred Daniel was 10 and Ben was 12 – two brothers, the son’s of our friends. We were visiting their house that night – New Year’s Eve I think (it was a few years ago). The night went really well and it was getting near the time for the boys to go to bed. We were all sitting in the room and I decided to play my question game – the boys agreed.

The game is played quite simply – I ask a question and they give me their answer. I was the only ‘adult’ talking so my wife and their parents were just observers.

The questions started simply:

  • What is your favourite subject at school?questionmarkbutton Two little (?) boys
  • What teacher do you enjoy the most?
  • Which teacher do you not like?

Slowly they started to require a little more thinking:

  • What would you like to do after school?
  • Where would you like to live in later life?
  • What profession would you like as an adult?

Then into the deeper aspects of life:

  • What is your plan/purpose/dream for your life?
  • What are your views on God, religion and life after death?
  • What will your wife be like?
  • What is your perspective on government policies.

The lads [and I] had a ball! Time came for bed although [as to be expected] they just didn’t want to go.

The best part of the conversation, though, was with the parents after the boys had been settled down. They were astounded at the understanding and insight their sons had.

I understood, of course, that they saw them as their two little boys, remembered them as babies, watched carefully over every step of their life to date. I saw them as 2 young men, aspiring adults, people with views, interests, questions of their own. People of the future not children of the past.

How do you see others?

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