While he was trying to engage the kid in conversation, Mr. J. learned that he liked science, having a special interest in space and geology.

“Well, now. You know, I was looking at a telescope just the other day. I thought it might be really nice to take out in the yard to see what we see…would you like that?”

He continued, turning his attention to me and telling me about the kids of his nieces and nephews ranging in ages from 5 to 13, and wouldn’t it be a nice activity for all the young ones…

“Yep. I saw it at the Living Free thrift store. I try to visit all the thrift stores in town about once a week. Do you like to visit any of those stores?”

(Oh, Mr. J., if you only knew…)