Sunday, a friend substituted for one of the other Sunday School teachers. My class was feverishly at work on a Valentine's surprise for our church. The substitute teacher only had one child in her class, and he was uncomfortable being the only kid in class with an unfamiliar teacher, so she quietly asked me if we could combine classes. "Of course," I said cheerfully, "but we are working on a surprise. Can he keep a secret?" Turns out that you never want to say that to a kid. In this day of 'stranger danger', kids are specifically warned to be wary of adults who want them to keep secrets.
I looked at this little boy, beautiful, big dark eyes, and really, it broke my heart a little. Remembering the Valentine's secrets of my own childhood, it seemed terribly sad that a little child should be afraid to keep a secret that involved construction paper hearts and glitter. And yet, I would not want, not for a moment, to try to talk him out of his notion that an adult who asks you to keep a secret is a bad person, and someone you should get away from.
What a world we live in!