When I was a kid, fascinated with Noah & his off-beat solution to weird weather, I told my mother I wanted to build an ark.
Undeterred by my age — four — Mom handed me a hammer and Volume C of the Encyclopedia Britannica, to better measure a cubit.
I spent the rest of the day, delightedly planning my project. Looking back, at first I wondered at my mother’s recklessness…
… Until I recalled she deliberately withheld nails.
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