The Collection

So, this couldn’t be a life lesson / youth ministry metaphor teaching some sort of message, could it??

My granddaughter came by for a visit / babysitting coverage while her parents both had evening meetings.  We immediately embarked searching for some playground action around where I live – there are actually three within very close, two-year-old, walking distance.

granddaughterAfter holding grandfather’s hand to help him cross the street (he gets nervous, you know), we walked freely and at the pace of a two-year-old.  Sometimes she jogs ahead, sometimes (like a young pup) she will chase after a squirrel until the poor creature seeks refuge up a tree, and sometimes she will stop and add to her collection.

When we started the journey, she was carrying her sippy-cup. Along the way, she stopped and picked up an interesting rock. So she then was carrying the sippy-cup and the rock.  A squirrel and a brief discussion regarding which playground to visit and she came upon a very colorful leaf.  After reviewing all the colors we could identify, she then was carrying the sippy-cup, the rock, and the leaf.  The walk continued up a steep hill made more precipitous by her off-sidewalk (off-road) adventure with squirrel hunting. And she came across a three foot stick, not overly impressive to the old man but near the very height of the two-year-old.  As we came to another street to cross and the need to protect the old guy with hand holding, there was a very precarious balancing act of the sippy-cup, the rock, the leaf, the stick, and Grandfather’s hand.

The pace of the walk, which had started at a good clip for two-year-old distance running, had considerably slowed down as the collection in her hands grew.  We arrived at the playground and climbed and swung and slid as the sun was setting. When it came time to leave, we reclaimed the sippy-cup alone and headed back.

So, this couldn’t be a life lesson / youth ministry metaphor teaching some sort of message, could it??

Be more discerning in the squirrels you chase and the collection you build of  programs, initiatives, and others activities all in the name of looking as busy as one with the attention span of a two-year-old.

Turns out it WAS that sort of message! Thanks, granddaughter!

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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