The museum deals in the primary theoretical and historical. But the grocery store, and the garage, and the kitchen table… they deal primarily in the practical, real-life sorts of things that every kid (and many adults) needs to learn.
For the young staff person, and maybe others in the room that day, all the important things I had taught were suddenly lost to this one word.
When I was young I remember standing in my grandpa’s workshop watching him build birdhouses. All the while, he would tell amazing stories from his life and experience. I hung on every word he said, and watched every movement of his hands and tools. His stories weren’t about wood, nails or screws. His stories were about life. But his project kept a 9-year-old engaged for hours.
“Dad, you got it wrong,” Josh said after the first service. He was probably 10 at the time, so I overlooked his blunt criticism of my teaching. Was it my theology, my application, my mismatched pairing of shirt and socks? “You got the story all wrong,” he continued.