The boys came through the front door into the kitchen on their return from holidays. However, Michael our ten year old was still by the door. Noticing that he was fiddling around with something I went to see what the problem was. “I’ve got a tattoo sleeve,” he smiled sheepishly; “I bought it with my pocket money. I want it to be a surprise.” I helped him on with the sleeve and we paraded into the kitchen to show Grandad.
To Michael’s delight when he proudly showed his new tattooed arm Grandad got quite a shock. What are you parents doing Doug thought in dismay, allowing a ten year to have tattoos. It was not till Michael gleefully pulled the sleeve off that he breathed a sigh of relief.
Actually I had to take the photo with Michael holding his arm up as it was so slender it did not quite fill the sleeve and there was a bit of a gather in the fabric around the wrist.
If ever we see a magician on TV Doug just sits back and enjoys the moment even though he knows it’s all an illusion. But me? I am thinking, thinking, thinking. What’s he going to do and how is he doing it and what does he want us to see? So the wonder of the moment is mostly lost on me. You would think I would learn to chill and just watch and enjoy as I generally can’t figure it out anyway.
Seriously though, in life we probably all ought to think twice before concluding that something is what it may not be. The writer of the Proverbs according to the Message Bible says. “Don’t jump to conclusions there may be a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw.” Proverbs 25:8
Good advice for us all!