So my 10 year-old, Quinn, has been big into reversing words lately. It’s a phase, much like the eating only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches phase that all my kids have been through. Or the refusing to take a shower phase, not letting food touch phase, the Pokémon GO phase, or the not eating carbs phase. Wait. That last one was mine. Anyway, these things are all fleeting and are super fun and addictive for awhile.
Except the not eating carbs thing. That was a very dark time, friends.
I’ve been hearing all about words and their abilities to be the same exact thing, no matter which way they are read.
BOOB POP POOP
These are palindromes, and they are fascinating to Quinn. But he didn’t stop there. He decided to look at words backwards, and see what they spelled. When he went into that territory, I almost said, “Oh yes! Like Redrum!” but then I remembered that Quinn is 10, and doesn’t really need to know about films that include psychotic breaks and possessed children.
DESSERTS-STRESSED, KNITS-STINK, RAW-WAR, PALS-SLAP, STRAW-WARTS
But then he came upon one that made us both stop in our tracks.
Quinn’s smile was slow like a train just coming to life on the tracks. I loved watching it gain speed. He ran to our dog, Frodo, and hugged him. “Yes!” he kept exclaiming. “YES!” and then he came and hugged me. “I like that, Mom! so much!”
I liked it, too. When I think about the dogs in my lifetime, they’ve all shared the same qualities:
playful, joyful, wordless comfort, deep wisdom, innocence,loving, kind, protective, forgiving, humble, miraculous, faithful, devoted, loyal, insightful…..
And isn’t my list of God qualities the same? I think that’s the way truth feels-like the happiest slap across the face you’ll ever get, you know?
Children and dogs, dogs and children. I swear to you, they are my favorite teachers. It makes me think of one of my favorite quotes by Elizabeth Chase Allen:
Backward, turn backward, O time, in thy flight;
Make me a child again, just for to-night.
Watch this. Tell me that you can’t spot God in this place.
(P.S. for all my wordpress people, I’m really sorry about this new theme. It’s not set up yet, and
I’m sort of over trying to figure it out today it’s bothering me, too. Bear with me! )