The Lettuce Seed   Leave a comment

One day I was eating lunch with my children.  My pre-teen daughter was enjoying a green leafy salad when my 5-year-old son asked me “Daddy, where does lettuce come from?”

Not wanting to miss an opportunity to stimulate his thinking I replied, “Well son, it comes from Heaven.”

He gave me that tilted head look and asked, “What!  How can that be?

I continued, “It’s like this, have you ever seen a lettuce seed?”

He shook his head “no”,

“Well, it’s really really small, you can barely see it. There is no lettuce in it, just a recipe for lettuce, you need to add Heaven”

“How do you do that ?” he said.

“Well,” I went on, “you need to plant the seed in the Earth, that’s a part of Heaven” I reminded him. “Then, the sun light shines down on it from above,  you know, another part of Heaven, and then  ‘poof’ you’ve got lettuce”

“Hmmmm… I get it,” he said. Then he gave me the strangest look ever, I could just feel him thinking, and out popped his next question. “Daddy, where do I come from?”

“Well sweetie, you come from Heaven too!”

“What? Aw come on Daddy, how can that be”

“It’s like this, have you ever seen a human seed?”

He shook his head “no” ”

Well, it’s really really small, you need a microscope to see it. There is nobody in it, just a recipe for a person, you just need to add Heaven”

“How do you do that?”

I said, “Eat your salad!”

Posted November 30, 2009 by The Maui Taoist in Stories

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