Most of us know the phrase, “a kid at heart.” Well, I don’t remember being accused of such a thing before, as I’ve always been rather serious. I have been accused of being an 80 year-old stuck in a 19 year-old body. But, that’s beside the point.

However, I recently realized that there are some things about me that are still rather “kid-ish”, as I’m sure is the case for most folks. I also had a strange epiphany that there is a particular childhood lesson which I still have not learned.

You see, when I was probably 10 or 11, I experienced quite a disheartening moment – I was grounded for the first time. 

My best friend and I went swimming in my backyard pool the previous day, and I turned the water hose on and brought it to the pool to cool down the water. I did this often, so it was no big deal.

The next morning. I was awakened by a not-so-pleasant surprise. My aunt was accusing me of leaving the water running outside, causing the pool to overflow, and of course, a spike in the monthly water bill. I didn’t think there was any way this could have been my fault, but alas… no one else had gone swimming. 

I had left the water hose running.

All. Day. And. All. Night. Long.

Oops!

Fast forward 13+ years later, and I did something quite similar.

I made some of my Delicious Curry Chili (check out the recipe!), and set the stove on to simmer around 3pm on a Thursday. We had somewhere to be that evening, so as soon as Andrew got home, we scarfed down a bowl, and rushed out the door.

Fast forward to the next morning — I was preparing to make my daily fried eggs and toast, and Andrew was getting ready for work. I turned my favorite burner on for eggs, and lo and behold…

The back burner was still on simmer.

I wanted to cry. 

Alas, it looks like I’ve still got some simple lessons to learn.

Meanwhile, I’m thankful for God’s protection, because that could have been disastrous. And for auto withdrawal… so I don’t actually have to look at that awful bill in a few days.