There's a meme going around that says, "Be teachable. You're not always right." That's some pretty sound wisdom right there. I saw that demonstrated the other night at dinner.
I had made pancakes with blueberries and açaí - delicious, by the way - and Giovanni had devoured his in less than a minute. With an ear-to-ear grin he tried his best to hide, he demanded, "Who ate my pancakes?!"
Immediately, my three-year-old daughter supplied the answer in a very authoritative tone.
"I know!" Giulianna yelled. "A waffle!"
I almost choked on my food, I laughed so hard. Giovanni thought it was hilarious. I just looked at her for a moment, trying to figure out if she were joking. She was totally serious.
"A waffle?" I asked.
"A waffle! A waffle ate Giovanni's pancake," she said with complete confidence.
"A waffle?" I repeated.
She thought about it and answered with a shrug, "I mean, a fox!"
While my daughter continued eating as if nothing at all had transpired, I just sat there shocked. How on earth could my daughter confuse a fox for a waffle??? Sure, they're similar in color, but that's about it! Up until that moment, I had thought homeschooling had been going well. Now, I wasn't too sure!
Her confidence made me think of how many times we hear people speak on a subject as though they were experts, people who mean well and are very sincere...but they're sincerely wrong. They may have the best of intentions, but they're still wrong. Proverbs 9:9 (ESV) says, "Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning." This is followed by, "He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing" (Proverbs 29:1, ESV). Staying teachable and realizing others around you may know something you don't can save you from a lot of trouble in life. It's much easier to learn from the mistakes of others than to make them needlessly - and painfully! - yourself. The next time someone says, "You're wrong," instead of taking offense, take a closer look to see if they're right.
Oh, and by the way, I figured out why Giulianna confused a waffle with a fox. She was thinking of a "wolf" and said "waffle" by mistake. Who knew canines liked pancakes?