Guest Post – Larry Hehn

Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout May I have dedicated to guest writers. Today’s author, Larry Hehn, is a husband and father who is trying to live out his faith in a genuine way. He fully admits that he doesn’t always get it right, but he also sees that it’s about finding God in the everyday moments. He shares today how his kids have encouraged him to view the daily with new eyes.

Kids See the Darndest Things

Remember the late 1990’s TV show called Kids Say the Darndest Things? hosted by Bill Cosby, it was based on a popular Art Linkletter TV feature from decades before.

The premise of the show?

Ask a 2-10 year old child some questions, and you just might be amazed – and amused – at what they have to say.

Whether you remember the show or not, you owe it to yourself to watch this video featuring Bill Cosby, Art Linkletter, and some of the Kids Say the Darndest Things kids.

Yes, it’s true that kids say the darndest things. But it’s not just what they say.

Have you ever noticed that kids often SEE the darndest things too?

Just like Josh and Melissa, my wife and I have been blessed with a daughter and three sons. Stephanie is our oldest. She had me baffled for weeks when she was a toddler. We would be driving along with Steph in her car seat, business as usual, when all of a sudden she would say, “Kitty! Meow!”

I’d look left, right, front and back to spot this kitty she just pointed out. No cats crossing the road. None on the sidewalk. None in any of the lots we were driving by.

For the life of me I could never find that blasted kitty!

Until one day I realized that she was pointing out the logo for Mac’s Milk, our local convenience store…

Good eyes, Steph!

Her brothers have a similar gift, and most likely your kids do too. Try this one for yourself:

Can you spot the McDonald’s in this picture?

I bet your kids can – and will!

Whether it’s a smiling cat, a favorite fast food franchise, a bird, an airplane, or a stray helium balloon – kids seem to see and point out a lot more things than I notice as an adult.

Take a good look at the world through the eyes of a child. At what point do we begin to lose our sense of awe and wonder at God’s creation? How long does it take before we walk right past the perfect speckled rock, a newly opened flower, or the ultimate splashing puddle without even noticing?

Is this part of what Jesus meant when he said, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”?

When he was a toddler, our oldest boy Matthew pointed out an airplane that was no more than a tiny speck on the horizon. I was amazed at how perceptive he was, and proudly said, “Good eyes, Matt!”

Wanting to return the compliment but not really knowing how, Matt thought for a moment and slowly replied, “Good…nose…Dad!”

Yep, kids do say the darndest things…

What are some of the darndest things your kids have seen and/or said?

Larry Hehn is a husband and father of four. His blog is called Christian in the Rough. Larry encourages others to find fun in the middle of dysfunction, action at the end of distraction, and grace at the end of disgrace.
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26 thoughts on “Guest Post – Larry Hehn

  1. Thanks, Charlie. Even though my kids are getting older and have now all reached their teens, I hope and pray that they – and we – will still keep the eyes of a child.

  2. I can’t find the McDonalds…that’s gonna drive me crazy! LOL :) I bet my son could. One day a little while back, I was having a very bad day and the day hadn’t really even started. On our way to school that morning, my son started pointing out the shapes in the clouds. It really served as a reminder to find the joy in every situation.

    1. Ok April, to find the McDonalds, start at the lamp post on the right hand side. The post divides a golden M in half. Then look a little further to the right from there, and you’ll see two more golden M’s!

      Finding shapes in the clouds is so much fun! We need to do stuff like that more often.

  3. I love this! And, so true! 

    I want to have eyes of a ten-year-old.

    I remember a specific time when our youngest daughter was about 10 years old. We sat at the kitchen table having a chat. Her eyes wandered to the glass slider and fixed her sight on to the blue sky. “Do you see that, Mom?” Her description of a ladder stood tall amongst the clouds. I tried to see it too. (Maybe a fluffy image created by the sky’s artwork…) I couldn’t.  She continued, profusely pointing and describing the ‘vision’…
    Needless to say I was left a little disappointed to not have been able to see what she was given eyes to see….

    Thank you for causing me to remember this special time! Lord bless.

  4. This was a beautiful reminder! Thank you!
    What does it say about me that I zeroed in on the arches almost immediately! :-D Haha!
    My son (almost 2) and daughter (6 mo.) have yet to learn that those arches=fries!

  5. Larry, I would like to share some things that our kids have said.

    But this is a family blog.

    So just pretend I did. ;)

    Good post dude.

    1. If you’re leaving it up to my imagination, the real thing might be the lesser of two evils. ;)
      Always great to hear from you, Jason!

  6. Oh, to be a child. I like the way that Ravi Zacharias put it one day: He said when his daughter was 3, when she would read a story about a suspenful knock on the door, her eyes would open wide and she would be in complete awe. As she got older, the knock didn’t impress her. The open door that revealed a strange visitor would awe her. As she got even older it was no longer the door or the strange visitor but something completely different. Until one time she said. I don’t like that story anymore. And she walked away.

    The point is that as we get older we are no longer looking at things with “awe” and the beauty and “suspense” of things. We get too caught up in the “real world” of responsibilities, duties, and other stuff that robs us of the beauty all around us.

    Thanks for the reminder Larry.

  7. Not only do I feel that I’ve lost my sense of awe…I find that I’m impatient with my children’s. I am constantly telling them, “Hurry up. Let’s go. Quit dawdling.” More focused on the task/destination than the journey, I forget that there’s wonders to be seen all around us. Thanks for this reminder to stop and take notice of the creation of God around us, Larry! :)

    1. It brings me back to home movies of when I was probably just three or four years old, walking through James Gardens in Toronto with my mom and dad. I must have stopped to smell every. single. flower. It looked like I was driving my mom crazy! Now I’m the one who is often in a hurry and missing all the flowers. I needed this reminder too.

      Thanks so much for opening up your blog, Melissa. It’s a honor to be here!

  8. When my oldest daughter was learning her letters, we were talking about where we wanted to eat, and she said “How about the A place?” We had no idea what she was talking about until one day we were at a stoplight and she asked to go the A place again. I asked her what she was talking about, and again she said the A place. I look to my left and I see there’s an Arby’s there, and she was reading as much of the sign as she could. All she was able to understand was the first letter of the sign. That was a proud homeschooling moment for my wife.

    If there was anything I wish I could learn from my kids, it’s not to be in so much of a hurry. They love to stop and look at things, and it always seems like it’s when we’re in a hurry or late for something. It would be nice to be able to stop with them sometimes and see the world like they see it.

  9. I just have to ask, Russ…do you still call it the A place? 18 years later, we still say “Kitty! Meow!” when we see a cat!
    It’s so true about slowing down or stopping to see the world through their eyes.

    1. She knows it’s Arby’s now… I think we referred to it as the A place for a little bit, but I don’t know if it was something she picked up or somebody corrected her.

  10. It took me a minute, but I eventually found it off in the distance.

    “WTF Dad, WTF!”

    That’s my middle right there, all 7 years of her, only to follow with: “Wednesday Thursday Friday!!!”


  11. My brother, when we were kids, used to be able to smell a KFC for miles. My dad would be driving along somewhere in a place we hadn’t been, or section of a town/city we weren’t familiar with (especially as kids), and he and Mom were trying to decide where to go for lunch/supper. My brother, without fail (or windows being down), would shout out “KFC!!” Dad and Mom would look everywhere and not see it. Then he’d turn a corner and KFC would come into view.

    BTW…I did see the McDonalds in the picture…but only after looking closely, lol.

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