This morning I overheard a discussion that our son was having with a friend over coffee. They were engaged in a light-hearted banter about TV shows, and some of the characters’ lifestyles. I didn’t find it offensive or anything, but it’s not something I wanted our daughter to hear. I reminded them that we have a 13-year-old girl who lives here, and she doesn’t have to know about every depraved activity shown on primetime television. (I think I said it a lot gentler than that, but you can ask them!) This led to a great talk about knowledge, and it reminded me of this story from her childhood that Corrie Ten Boom recalls:
Ten Boom family. Corrie is on the far right. wheaton.edu/bgc/archives
“And so seated next to my father in the train compartment, I suddenly asked, “Father, what is sexsin?” He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case off the floor and set it on the floor. Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?” he said. I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with the watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning. It’s too heavy,” I said.
Yes,” he said, “and it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It’s the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger, you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.”
— Corrie Ten Boom
(The Hiding Place
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. This book is a must read!