The following is a true story.
On the side of our house there is an ugly pile of rocks, old bricks, stepping stones, pavers and chunks of old concrete which I had gathered from around our yard. The thought was that I would use these to make an attractive border or path, but of course they were simply gathering weeds.
And then suddenly, a couple of weeks ago, Jimmy took an interest in them...
Gretchen and Jude are in the kitchen of their home. Gretchen is making dinner and Jude is "helping". Jimmy bursts in the back door.
Hey! You guys need to come out and see what I've done!
Gretchen and Jude exchange a doubtful look.
Really. Come on! I've been working really hard. You gotta see!
Hesitantly, Gretchen and Jude start to follow him into the backyard.
It's not "the stones" again, is it?
Shhhh Jude, that's not nice. Daddy's very excited about his stones.
Let's go see what he's done.
She rolls her eyes when nobody's looking. Jimmy leads them into the backyard to a pile of rocks.
See?! What do you think?!
Gretchen and Jude stare at the rocks.
(trying to be enthusiastic)
Wow...you sure have been...busy.
So what do you think?!
What is it supposed to be?
Well son, it's whatever you see in it. What do you see?
I don't get it. It's a pile of rocks.
(helping the kid)
No Jude, it's more than a pile of rocks. It's...um...it's art.
(starting to get worked up)
No, it's not just artistic.
It's not supposed to be artistic?
No! I mean yes. It is artistic, but it's not JUST artistic.
You two just don't get it. You're too literal.
No, NO! Let us look at it a minute.
I see that...all the stones were placed very...deliberately.
In a way that is...deliberate.
And it's not just artistic...it's deeper than that...it's...
Yes. Yes. It's spiritual.
They stare at the stones.
All I see is a bunch of rocks.
Gretchen and Jude start to giggle.
Okay, okay, that's it! It's clearly too deep for either of you.
Just go on inside. Neither of you understand. Forget it!
Gretchen and Jude, chastised but still giggling, head back into the house. Jude pauses and turns back to his dad.
They're really nice rocks, Dad.
Jimmy shakes his head sadly. No one appreciates him.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
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