One of the joys of my life is spending time with teenagers. They never cease to amaze me; the connections their minds make can be surprising and funny, weird and wonderful, practical and fanciful. And so profound. I feel sorry for the adults who ignore teens, or judge them negatively without cause. They don’t know what they’re missing.
So I shouldn’t have been surprised when an 11-year-old (who, like many kids her age, seems to be going on 23) gave me the most wonderful answer to a deceptively simple question.
Here’s the question: Pretend you must leave home for good. You have 24 hours to pack one small suitcase. What three things would you want to take with you?
The context was in a discussion about the exodus from Egypt, and what it must have been like for the slaves fleeing from Pharoah.
Her answer? A picture of her parents, her cell phone, and a jacket.
Like I said, they can be practical and profound, all at the same time.
What three things would you bring?