Parenting is all about shaping the eternal. Like craftsmen, our goal is to bring out the very best in those little hearts and minds by putting the very best into them. Each child we work with is a unique work of art that will last forever and will go on to invest in other little, eternal people. It is an amazing process, but it is also a full time job because their little minds are constantly being exposed to images, and thoughts. Some will be good, some bad, and others amazingly funny.
P.C. demonstrated this in typical P.C. form. We are all (im)patiently waiting the arrival of “Little Buddy,” that cute little bundle of love between Coco and Sweetness. There has been all kinds of interesting ideas exchanged between the ladies about how to get the labor started. I have no idea if any of them actually help, and I am not about to even begin to speculate about that. That would sort of be like the pot telling the potter how to go about their work. Even so, that did not intimidate P.C. from offering his own advice. Partly because he is just P.C. and will offer ideas to anyone (even if they didn’t ask), but more importantly, because he had some valuable information to share. He knew how this all worked.
Beautiful decided to take the “farm route” to school yesterday. This was the inspiration that P.C. needed. He informed Beautiful that he knew how to get Little Buddy out. He told her, “Coco and Sweetness just need to eat, then kiss and then hearts will pop out of their heads. After that, Little Buddy will come out.” You see, that is how the chickens do it in Minecraft.
Yes, my son has his understanding of reproduction from a virtual Lego building game. We will fix that when the time is right, but for now, that is close enough! Our minds were created to know creation. They do not handle a knowledge vacuum gracefully. I am grateful that there was information there for him to work with. Given P.C.’s creative thinking, I am not sure where that would have gone without his Minecraft knowledge. I am glad I will never find out.
In the constant struggle to shape their little minds and hearts, we sometimes miss things. That is why it is important that we think about how to reach and grow our children. We would like to miss as little as possible. As a parent, it is comforting to know that Minecraft has my back.
And, yes, we are still (im)patiently waiting Little Buddy’s arrival.