We went to their house to spend a couple of hours together on our day off. Micah's house backs up to woods that just call for boyish adventure.
Micah's dad had placed a ladder against a tree in these woods for such purposes. Micah was up high when Eli decided that he wanted to climb, too.
"Micah, I want a turn."
"Eli, it's too wobbly. You might fall and bump your head. And maybe die."
Eli looked at me completely baffled at what to do.
I told him that I believed he was brave enough (the ladder was wedged into a limb).
So Eli forged the great unknown. And succeeded.
Then Micah said he wanted a turn.
With a laugh, I asked him, "Wait a minute--what if you fall and bump your head? It is a little wobbly, you know!"
Micah's mom joked, "And you could even die!"
Micah assured us, "I'm 100 percent tough."
Eli looked at me, ready to explain: "He IS five and a half, Mommy."