Talk to Strangers


What is this?

That’s the question Linda asked my kids last weekend. Obviously, it’s a rock. But let’s pretend it’s more than a rock. Maybe it’s a tool? Or an ancient Indian artifact?

My kids guessed a lot and decided it was an ancient Indian comb that Indian moms used to brush the unruly hair on  Indian boys.


For the past week, Benjamin has been using this rock to brush his hair. It cracks me up.


Today, Thomas grabbed the rock and started brushing too.

You might be asking, “How is this risky?” (Beside the fact that you could lose a toe with that comb.)

To get this new comb, we talked to strangers. Gasp! From day one, we tell our kids not to talk to strangers … and this is good advice?  Unless you spend your time hiding under the bed, there will be situations where you must talk to strangers. Linda and I met some strangers last weekend kayaking and they were the ones who gave us the rock. We struck up a conversation and learned some things about rocks and Indian artifacts. Now, I’m not completely convinced that this rock is in fact an ancient Indian artifact. But in the big scheme of things that’s not what mattered.

We talked to strangers, had an adventure and have great stories that we lived to tell about. We never got that punched-in-the-gut feeling you get when you meet people whom you can’t trust. We knew to go slowly, trust our instincts and have fun. We came home and told our kids about our experience.

Homework: Next time you are out and about with your kids, meet a stranger. Strike up a conversation and learn something. Go home and research it and see if what you learned is true. Talk to your kids about instincts and learning to trust them.

We talked to strangers, and now we comb our hair with rocks.

Have you ever trusted a stranger and come out with a new friend and a good story? Let us know.