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a contrario sensu

A literal, logical, little mind . . .

When our kitchen was remodeled two years ago, the wall clock was removed and placed on a counter, eye-level with my 5-year-old daughter. She looked at it and asked why it said "USA" underneath the number 6. I told her that is where it was made. She asked the next logical question in her mind: "So, where was the 5 made?"

—Rhesa Hendry, Yucca Valley, CA

The way to a boy's heart . . .

It has been such a struggle to keep our children on task to complete (or even begin) assigned chores around the home. After one particularly trying day, I said, "You know, if I fixed dinner the way you all do chores, we'd all be a lot skinnier!"

David, my 6 year old, looked up from the floor and replied, "No, we'd be dead!"

—Mrs. Paul Meyer, Leavenworth, KS

"Mom, I got ticketed!"

We live two houses down from the public school. Yesterday, my 8-year-old son Daniel was out riding his bike during school hours. As I glanced out the window, my heart skipped a beat when I saw a police cruiser driving slowly along.

When I stepped outside to look for Daniel, he was pedaling quickly home with a big grin on his face. "Mom, I got ticketed!"

The officer had asked if Daniel was home schooled. When Daniel answered "yes," the officer replied, "That's good," and went back to talking about other things. The papers Daniel was holding were coupons for four tickets to a minor league baseball game. He got "ticketed" for following safety rules and wearing his helmet while riding his bike.

—Jean Ermatinger, Holland, MI

The conquest of Joshua's mother

Most home schooling days in our family are great, but one day recently was a lulu. Our daughter woke up on the wrong side of the bed; our 4-year-old son Joshua, who normally has enough energy to power the average utility plant, was in overdrive; and thanks to the verbal contributions of the kids, the decibel level in the house was through the roof. I was stumped by an algebra problem that was definitely getting the better of me, when my husband called and asked me to do a bunch of stuff I didn't really have time for. In a nutshell, I was frazzled!

By the afternoon, this had become obvious. After hearing me groan about something or other, Joshua strolled into the kitchen. With hands in his pockets, he sighed and said, "Yeah, it's been a hard day for the Israelites in Jericho…" and kept right on walking!

That night, while tucking him into bed, I asked, "Do you remember telling me that thing about the Israelites today?"

"Yup," he responded.

"Well?" I probed. "What did it mean?"

He replied, "Well, you were marching around the house blowing your horn all day, and I thought the walls were going to fall down!"

I guess I should have expected that from a son named Joshua.

—Cathi Belcher, Bloomingburg, NY

Give that bug some privacy!

Our outdoors-loving son, at age 5, discovered a caterpillar in the yard and immediately began equipping a glass jar with fresh leaves to keep it in. The finishing touch to his project was a long, sturdy twig, which he added to the jar, explaining, "The caterpillar needs this so it can build itself a tomb to get dressed in."

—Brenda Sawyer, Chagrin Falls, OH

Military beans?

Our 10-year-old son Joel recently read some interesting facts about hummingbirds. Their nests are the size of half a walnut shell and the eggs are the size of a navy bean.

Apparently he got his branches of service a little mixed up, because he explained to the rest of the family that hummingbird eggs are "the size of… the size of an army bean!"

—Sandy Lacey, Beavercreek, OH

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