Stuck In the Middle (School)

Maybe there’s something about the word “middle” that causes people to go a little crazy.

I am middle age—the age in which I am supposed to have a midlife crisis and recover by buying an extraordinarily impractical sports car. (Because I work in ministry, I do not have the money for a sports car, and must make do by building impractical cars out of LEGOs.)

But if middle age is rough, it’s nothing compared to middle school.

What Does ‘Daddy’ Mean? This Commercial Tells Us

It’s no news that many folks watch the Super Bowl these days more for the advertisements than the game. (And as an embittered Denver Broncos fan, the ads might be the only thing I watch.) Companies will pay $4.5 million for every 30-second spot during the big game, so you know they’re going to try to make them memorable.

Budweiser will send a beer drinker into a life-sized Pac-Man game. GoDaddy.com will feature spokeswoman Danica Patrick snuggling with a puppy.

Adult Kids Knee-d to Make Their Own Choices

Children should obey their parents, the Bible tells us. I’ve frequently reminded my own kids of this very important verse—sometimes several times a day—and stressing that God never set any age limits on it. Even when I’m 95 and I demand some applesauce, my kids are biblically obligated to get me some, even if they have to mash up the apples themselves.

But alas, children do not always adhere to this rule as much as they ought when they become adults (or, at least, as much as I think they ought).