Little Girl came home from school telling me some things she had learned about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Apparently they watched a movie where a kid time traveled to meet the young Dr. King.
In the movie, the kid tried to save Dr. King’s life by bringing him back to the present, skipping the dangerous period of the civil rights movement. Then he found that the country of the present was unfairly segregated without Dr King’s intervention. So, the time travel kid had to put him back and let him go on and get killed.
I know, right? Pretty heavy stuff. Especially for third graders.
Anyways, this sparked a conversation about destiny and discovering what special talents God has given us to use for good in the world.
Little Girl said she thought that Harriet Tubman had been sent by God to help the slaves. I said that each of us needs to learn what God has called us to do in the world.
“Maybe my special mission is to be your mommy,” I said.
Little Girl raised her eyebrows at me skeptically.
“That’s not as interesting as Harriet Tubman’s special mission, is it?” I said, interpreting her expression.
“No,” she said. “It’s really not.”
Little Boy piped up. “My special talent is armpit farts!”
He demonstrated this skill.
He really is pretty good at it.
I don’t know if it’s destiny, though….