Boys will naturally turn anything into a weapon. Enrique and I knew that this occur naturally and thought that we were not really going to be buying guns or weapons for them. This of course turned out to not be the case. They now have arsenals that would make most militias proud.
Well, our two boys have great imaginations and like to play fight/fight…most of the day. They will take their Nerf swords and Nerf guns and chase each other through the house. They will put themselves in wrestling moves that defy physics. They are just active little guys.
I have only one rule about their fighting and horseplay. No weapons on or around the table. I believe our table is a place of peace and hospitality. All are welcome there. When we sit a the table it shall be a place of peace and safety. No one is to strike another. Sometimes one will try to keep a gun on their lap and I make them put it on the couch. I say, “No weapons at the table. Our table is a place of peace.”
I hope that our ideas of an open table extends to other parts of their life. I hope that they grow up with a deeper understanding of our table being a place of peace.