Scott Hodge


Train up a child in the way they should go…

Mar 1, 2007


Ok, now I don’t feel so bad.

Just a few minutes ago, a dad and daughter walked into Starbucks.  The daughter sat down at a table with her dad’s MacBook Pro while her dad sat down to read a book in a nearby chair.

A few minutes later, I overheard this conversation between the two of them: 

Daughter: "Dad, can you get me something to drink?"
Dad: "Why?"
Daughter: "I’m thirsty."
Dad: (…long pause & sigh…) "Ok, fine."

(The dad then went and bought her what looked like a kid’s hot chocolate, brought it back to her table, leaned in close and said….)

Dad: "Honey, I just want you to know…. 

And suddenly his voice lowered and I witnessed probably the most comforting interaction I’ve seen all day….

He went on to explain to his daughter that <typically> drinks of any kind should not be anywhere near Macs – which then led into a short demonstration of how easily the drink could slip out of her tiny, little hands and spill itself all over the keyboard and other important parts of the computer. 

He also explained to her how vital it is to have a firm (yet not too firm) grip on the cup itself to ensure a secure grasp.  And then, he wrapped up the mini-seminar/workshop by explaining how to properly scoot back a little and to the side when the moment of sipping is at hand. 

And finally, he went back to his chair and with one eye on the book and the other on the cup sitting by his other "book" – the MacBook, he went back to his reading.

So anyway…  there was something really comforting about that whole thing.  Plus, now I don’t feel nearly as bad about how I act when my children want to eat, drink or walk within 20 feet of my Mac.

Lord, forgive us all… 

10 Responses to “Train up a child in the way they should go…”

  1. Have I not been properly trained? I’m sitting here at my desk with not just one but two drinks within a foot of my MacBook Pro…. dane it! Someone please train me in the ways of the jedi!!!

  2. emma says:

    Ha!!! That’s all I can say!

  3. Joni says:

    That reminds me of overhearing parents quoting Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail to their children after having watched it as a family the night before. I almost wept at the legacy I was witnessing.

  4. Allen Arnn says:

    I just got a MacBook Pro yesterday! My kids (8,6, and 3) are gonna have to stay far away.

  5. Misty & Cody says:

    ok, Scott you’d freak if you saw mine. The house is run by dogs not humans so my white MacBook looks a little more off white due to the dogs not understanding that they can jump on up on us or the MacBook. Ha Ha!

  6. Greg says:

    that is a very important lesson. good dad.

  7. Brian says:

    If only we were willing and open to allow our heavenly Father to orchestrate such lessons in all areas of our lives. I have no doubt He simply chooses not to teach us the proper way, warn us of the dangers, and keep His eye on us in order that we succeed. I love observing people.

  8. Doug says:

    It’s not fair that a kid gets to use a macbook pro and I don’t……..
    I hope the drink SPILLS!!!!!
    forgive me Father……

  9. flaviu says:

    that’s funny, man. i admit, with a new macBook, i’m the same way with my 3 and a half year old. sorry, can’t help it. God bless us!

  10. flaviu says:

    did u ever get a good bible software for mac? what do you use? please, let me know if there’s anything good out there.

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