Friday, November 18, 2005

Questions - by Linz

I thought that answering the questions of a three-year-old would be easy, what with all of my life experience, formal education and the general know-how that I have acquired through my twenty-four years. I was under the assumption that I would be an ever-wise parent, able to answer any question a curious child might have...until a few weeks ago.

Elliott and I were talking about his grandpas. We were talking about how he has two and how they live in different houses etc. A little while later Elliott asked me where my grandpa lived. Since both of my grandpas have passed away, I told him that my grandpa lives in heaven. I was foolish to think that an answer so simple would suffice such an inquisitive mind. The questions that followed were increasingly more difficult to answer. He asked if my grandpa would come and visit us, when we would get to visit him. I found myself unable to explain anything about heaven. What I thought I knew could not be understood by a little kid. But he was asking such big questions. Suddenly I had nothing to say about it (which is quite rare for me!)

This is not an isolated incident. My knowledge of many things has recently been called into question. I can handle the fact that I don't have all of the answers about cars, dinosaurs, robots...kid stuff. But I have a true desire to be able to teach my boys about God. Elliott asked me a few days ago, "Mom, what means redemption?" I am still trying to think up an answer.

2 comments:

Peaby said...

Sometimes Lily wants to know why she can't have more puppy chow...

I totally understand.

Linz said...

Those puppies and their chow! I'm glad we see eye to eye on this!