Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Walking Question Machine

I live with someone who is stretching the limits of my patience this morning. I have someone in my home who has become a walking question machine. My son Gabriel asks more questions that anyone that has ever lived on the face of the earth.

Its like I'm living with Ken Jennings. Do you remember who that is? The most winningest Jeopardy player ever. Ken made millions by asking a ton of questions on that game show. What do I get? QUESTIONS QUESTIONS AND MORE QUESTIONS.

Its been going on for a quite a while, months actually, but it seems as if its increasing in recent weeks. This Sunday on the way to church, I decided that I should keep a running tally of how many questions that I'm getting daily.

Sunday morning, on the 15 min. drive to church we got about 20 or so questions in. Crystal was trying to write them all down, but we couldn't keep up.

Here's a sample of the questions we get-

1. What's a sense of humor?
2. What year did the Sound of Music come out?
3. Who ran against George Washington for president?
4. What's the fastest animal?
5. How fast can humans run?
6. What does Federal Way mean?
7. Who ran against George Bush for president? not his son, the dad.

And the list goes on and on and on. It never stops. Its constant and daily the barrage of questions.

As a parent, I appreciate that my son wants to learn. As a person, it gets to be a bit much. But do you know what occurred to me today? Questions are a way that Gabriel and I get to interact and build our relationship. It opens up lines of communication for us to be able to talk and get to know each other better.

Do you know what else I thought of? My relationship with God. He welcomes my questions. Any thing I can think up or that I'm worried about, I can ask him questions. He never turns me away. He never tells me enough. He always allows me to ask him the most difficult questions that I can think up.

Remember that today. You may have some questions about your life, and your circumstance that you may not understand. Its okay to ask God questions. He welcomes them, and so should we.



  1. Treasure the moments and the questions..I know Jesus does. One of the profound times in memories of Crystal asking Questions...she was 2 1/2 years old and asked me "What's happening in South East Asia Mom?" The Vietnam war was going on and we had friends going to fight for our country...She was definatly I told her...I knew then how very special my daughter was and still is. I treasure those memories.

  2. In the first election, 1789, the candidates were:

    George Washington
    Edward Telfair
    John Rutledge
    John Milton
    Benjamin Lincoln
    John Jay
    Samuel Huntington
    Robert H. Harison
    George Clinton
    James Armstrong
    John Adams

    In the second election, 1792, the candidates were:

    George Wasshington
    John Adams
    George Clinton
    Thomas Jefferson
    Aaron Burr

  3. I had such a good laugh out of this posting today..
    I remember telling my kids that "my ears are tired" and I needed a break from all the constant chattering and questions.
    Oh how I miss those days...
    Enjoy every moment of this inquisitve time in his life..
    won't be long and he will be a teenager and you will be BEGGING him for conversation.

    keep up the good work, Matt.I love reading your blog!