“Hi, Opa. What are you thinking about?” “I’m wondering what you’re all going to be when you grow up.”
“Huh?” “Drew got me thinking. You had a first-grade assignment called ‘Opinion Writing,’ right? “Yeah, Opa. How do you know?” “Your mommy posted it on Facebook. The whole world knows.” “MOM!”
“No problem, Drew. The assignment asked you for your opinion on this question: ‘Would you rather read a book or do math?’ Of course, the Meyer answer is, ‘I would rather read a book.’ Your Oma and Opa never enjoyed math. I still have anguished memories of algebra. Maybe I became a minister so I could avoid taking math classes.”
“But Opa, I would rather do math.” “I know. Sounds like paternal influence.” “Opa, what?” “Well, Drew, your Mommy posted, ‘Drew must have Charlie’s genes.’” “MOM, don’t embarrass me!”
“Drew, it’s not just you. Your Aunt Lizzie posted ‘Christian turns everything into a math equation. Drives me crazy.’ What’s to become of the Cinco de Meyer?”
“You boys are presenting Opa with a theological fact. Our Creator made us all special and loves each of us, even math people. ‘As in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them’” (Romans 12:4-6).
“Guys, Opa is off in his book world.”
“You’ll be what you’ll be. I hope you’ll get a job where you serve people. Anyway, now that the school year is almost over, how are you going to spend the summer? Reading a book or doing math?” “Swimming, Opa, and goofing around.” “Good! Be kids!”