I really had no idea that little boys could come up with so many ways to make our lives more …ahem… interesting. And once the elementary school principal had me on speed dial, I started catching on.
On one particular day, my phone rang. As soon as I heard the voice on the other end of the line, I knew I was in for quite the conversation. You know that feeling right before you stand up to give a presentation or right before you have to eat cabbage? (Oh wait that last one may just be me…) Well anyway, that’s how I felt getting this phone call. So what did my little darling do?….begin drum roll ……
After school, it seemed my son decided to relieve himself on the bushes near the edge of the playground and in full view of the car line. I suppose the two dozen bathrooms at the school weren’t convenient.
In all fairness, this decision could have been one that assisted him in proving to his buddies that he was brave and manly. I know it’s a stretch but I figured it could be a guy thing that I don’t understand.
The accused claimed there were four sixth grade girls in line for the one restroom and they told him he could wait or go on the bush. So I suppose he was just being considerate and cooperative.
Nevertheless, I apologized to the school administration and offered to replace the bush. I know it was overkill but I was totally distracted by the thought of who could have seen this indiscretion. That evening we had the inevitable confrontation with my little offender. He accused the girls of taunting him and explained the urgency of the matter. In the end, he knew he’d made a bad decision.
We used the opportunity to teach him that our actions affect the way people see us. If we are to be a good example to others, we need to consider how our choices and actions will be seen. It’s also important to let God shine through us. If we do good things, we glorify God. If we pee on bushes…um not so much.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)