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An Almost Obedient Little Boy – Part 1

Published on 11/25/2015
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An Almost Obedient Little Boy – Part 1

    “Don't go over and bother Mr. Mills” our Mom would tell us as we were about to go out the door, if it happened to be on a Saturday or Sunday, when she knew he would be at home. My sister was about 7, and I was about 5 at the time.

   “We won't!” we would reply in unision.

    Then our Mom would watch out the window to see me and my sister go straight over to Mr. and Mrs. Mills' house, knock on their door, and go inside. (My little sister didn't come with us because she was just a baby and couldn't even walk yet.)

   Now I know that sounds like my sister and I were being very disobedient to our Mom. But I ask you to consider it from our viewpoint. You see, how we heard what she said was “Don't go over and bother Mr. Mills. We weren't going over there to bother him. We were going over to spend time with him and have fun with him and his family. (It never occurred to us that he might want to spend his day off with just his wife and two daughters.)

   Do you wonder why we were so interested in going over to see Mr. Mills? Well, my sister, like me, liked Mr. Mills a lot, but she also enjoyed spending time with Mrs. Mills (who was always very nice to us) and she liked to play with their two daughters as well. We both had fun playing on their piano (we didn't have anything like that at our house). She did like the extraordinary toys that Mr. Mills had. But I am quite sure I liked those toys way more than she did.

    I guess my Mom didn't want us to bother Mr. Mills because she figured he worked hard all week long at a place called M.I.T. Lincoln Labs. I had no idea back then as to what sort of place that was, but I now realize that his line of work was probably why he had such wonderful toys in his playroom. (I think he called it his “workshop”).

    I didn't know the names of those toys. But they had buttons and switches and knobs. And they had lights that blinked, and screens that displayed wavy lines. Some of them even made funny noises. Mr. Mills sometimes let me flip some of those switches, press some of those buttons, and even turn some of those knobs! That was so cool! Those amazing toys looked something like those in these pictures:


    It may be that at least partly because Mr. Mills let me play with his “toys,” and talk with me about them, that I first became interested in science...and wanting to learn to more about it. I am very thankful that he did that for me.

    I'm sorry to say that Mr. Mills passed away before I grew up. And my older sister, who went with me over to his house, passed away several years ago. But Mrs. Mills and my Mom are is still living the same houses, right next door to to each other. The two daughters grew up, got married, had children, and those children grew up and also have had children.

    A few years ago a grand party was held to celebrate Mrs. Mill's 100th birthday. There were so many family members who coming to the party, there was only room to invite a very few non-family members. Who do you suppose were among those few who got to be there to honor her that day? I'm sure you know it was my Mom, my younger sister, and my wife and I.

    I hope you've enjoyed this story. Let's follow the example of Mr. Mills and have the time to let little kids spend time with us and set a good example for them to follow. If Jesus and Mr. Mills could take time to spend with little children, hopefully so can we.

    If you want to read more stories about my life, and other things that I've written here, you can see the list of them by clicking on this link:

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