He’s Got It Down

While Mom was out shopping last week, she took the Littles to the store to pick out a treat. As his sisters went straight for the animal figurines, Jedediah – the lone boy in a group full of girls – made a beeline for the manly stuff. In case anybody’s wondering, the kid is three. I’d swear he’s really older than that, but every time I make a comparison to Benjamin Button, I get slapped.


In this case, the “manly stuff” was a set of knights: decked in plastic, weapons of minor destruction in hand, ready for games of war. Then he picked up a dragon, too.

To which Mom said: “No, you can only pick out one thing.”

To which he said: “But the knights need to kill the dragon.”

He ended up with both. Obviously.

Because, as Lewis would say: “Since it is so likely that children will meet with cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.”

Because, as Chesterton would say: “Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

Because, as Wilson would say: “What is the point of the whole Bible? Kill the dragon and get the girl.”

Little bro’s got it down.

7 thoughts on “He’s Got It Down”

  1. So, I’m curious: do you think it’s a bad thing that so many books/movies/etc. nowadays are about a very nice and gentle dragon who turns out to be misunderstood? Is it symbolically OK if what we think is a dragon sometimes turns out to be a friend, or not?

    Did you ever read Bill Peet’s *How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head*?

    1. That’s a very interesting question – I’ve honestly not given it much thought. Off the top of my head, I can think of anything intrinsically wrong with a “nice and gentle dragon” scenario, but I do think 1) it’s painfully overdone nowadays, and 2) it can be used for nefarious purposes. I think it’s especially important in the younger years for boys to read about how St. George slew the dragon and rescued the princess – not how St. George met with the dragon, decided it was all just a misunderstanding, and sat down to drink eat with it. :)

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