Tim, age 12, is very serious about his studies.
We're in Tapestry of Grace, Year 2, studying the medieval world. Right now the focus is on the development of the church and monastic life in the first couple of centuries after the fall of Rome. Last week I gave Tim a page of suggested projects and activities for the next two weeks, and he read through them and made a list of some he wanted to do. He researched monasteries, common names for medieval monks, vows they took, Books of Days, etc.
Yesterday afternoon he decided he wanted to try out a monk's life, so he took a Vow of Silence until noon today. He also decided to fast until lunchtime today (meaning no supper last night, no snacks, no breakfast.) He read that in many monasteries, the monks had only one meal a day during the winter.
He thought about a Vow of Poverty, too, until we mentioned something about the Game Cube and he (silently) allowed as how he probably wasn't that devout.
Things went along fine in his planning until he got down to the Vow of Chastity and asked what that was. I told him that so far he was doing fine in that department.
It's really quiet around here...