(Which takes place in the bathroom...where many deep and meaningful conversations with Calvin take place.)
Calvin: You want to know what is really special about me, mom?
Calvin: I can totally look at a word, memorize it, look away, and then write it again without looking.
Me: That's great, Cal.
Calvin: (Matter of factly) That's my gift from God.
(I look slightly puzzled at this latest work of the Holy Spirit.)
Calvin: Oh, don't worry, mom. I have lots of other gifts from God.
Me: Yes. Yes, you do.
Calvin: Like I have a fighting spirit.
Me: (gently redirecting) You definitely have a warrior's heart.
Calvin: (proud as a peacock) Yep. If I see a bully picking on a little kid, I just jump right in there and beat that bully to a pulp. That's another gift from God.
Me: (uncomfortable picturing his life behind bars in the name of Jesus) Well...God has called us to be defenders of the weak....
Calvin: (proudly) That's why He made me so tough.
If you need me, I'll be rifling through The Message version, looking for any signs of truth.