While we were doing breakfast, Melanie received this video from a friend and started chuckling. She turned her smartphone screen toward me and played it again. It was a montage of babies climbing out of their cribs and playpens, one after another.
As I watched, a Bible verse came to mind.
Proverbs 22: 15. Folly is bound up in the heart of a child.
The crib walls are there to protect the children. But the children don’t want to stay where Mommy and Daddy have parked them. Some of the kids have learned to strategically place pillows so they won’t be hurt dropping down to the floor. They’re pleased with their success in escaping. “Smart babies” the montage is called. What could go wrong?
All the clips stop at that point of escape so we don’t get to see the children when they are falling out windows and rolling off the roof, or tumbling down the staircase in a heap. There are no shots of panic-stricken moms who find the cribs empty. Or find the child with the bottle of kitchen cleaner lying on its side, empty.
If only the parents had explained why they were telling their children not to go wandering off. Mommy and Daddy knew something. It wasn’t safe. The high cribs walls were there because Mommy and Daddy loved them, not because they were trying to frustrate them.
Father in Heaven just nods His head.
“Tell Me about it.”