Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times shared this story of Jeffrey Wright who uses wacky experiments to teach children about the universe. But it is his own personal story that teaches them the true meaning of life. I’m grateful that my friend Mark shared this on Facebook or I would have miss it.
And, well, I’m sure that a more traditional Mother’s Day blog would focus on a mom rather than a dad, or at least on a woman teacher instead of a man. Call me untraditional. Or call me early—I blogged about my mom earlier this week.
Whatever you call me, I bet you’ll call this guy “great.” You’ll wish you could take high school physics again (or, like me, for the first time). You’ll hope that he’s a winner of some teacher-of-the-year type award.
Then you’ll keep watching and hear the rest of the story. You will begin to understand that he’s not just a great teacher. He is a life-long learner. He is a real man who has, like Jacob, wrestled with God and who, by God, has been given great grace.
A version of this story appeared in print on 12/25/2012, on page D5 of the New York edition with the headline: Laws of Physics Can’t Trump the Bonds of Love. You can also find a version on NYTimes.com blog here.