For two years, Caleb's family lived in a house near the school he attended, two doors down from his best friend and classmate. He would often spend the weekend at the family ranch about 75 miles away. That spring his father took a job near the ranch. Caleb knew this meant he would have to move with his family to the ranch, leaving his best friend and his school. One summer day, Caleb and his father were working with the grapevines, trimming and pruning. Caleb told his father about the parable of the true vine. Then he said, "Moving is how I am being pruned."
Note: The catechist who first shared the story of the True Vine with Caleb, had shared it at a first solemn communion retreat. During the retreat, she felt the meditations had been less than peaceful. Before Caleb’s mom shared this story with her, she wondered if the children had received anything from the meditations.