Though I started parenthood with intentions of having a peaceful, weapon-free home, I have failed miserably. Danny has swords, light sabers, squirt guns, pirate hooks, bubble guns, and a bow and arrow. I gave in when I realized that even if I wasn't providing any weapons, Danny would be creating them himself. Sticks, legos, straws, serving spoons, and even foam letters and states (particularly the letter L and Idaho) have excellent potential for becoming weapons.
So in an effort to ease my guilt about Danny's obsession with weapons, and perhaps redirect some of the energy into meaningful experiences, we've been reading about weapons in the scriptures. Danny was THRILLED when his first edition of The Friend had the following activity.Captain Moroni
Anytime I ask him to choose a story, he wants to read his scriptures so he can read about swords, shields, spears, and battles. Sometimes I ask myself, am I really teaching the gospel here, or just encouraging an unhealthy obsession? We can only hope this early study and passion for the scriptures will make him an excellent missionary someday . . . unless he's still carrying a sword around everywhere he goes.