Monday, May 25, 2009

Where to draw the line?

In the car this afternoon, we passed a little wooden cross by the side of the road, a sad reminder of the shortness of this life -- and a caution to be careful on the highway. I was alone in the car with the two little boys at the time, so led them in a short prayer: "In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. May their soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."

"Amen," said the little boys, obediently. But, then Gabe asked, "Why'd we do that?"

I explained, in short, that we were praying for the soul of someone who had died there along the side of the road, probably in a car accident. He seemed to accept that explanation.

But, after a minute, he piped up, asking: "We should pray for animals, too, shouldn't we?"

"Well... Sure," I said," They're God's creatures."

Gabe, my little thinker, was quiet for a minute, working this out in his head, before he decided: "We should pray for Bigfoots."

And, William, obviously racing ahead on this train of thought added: "And the Boogeyman!"

8 comments:

Kim H. said...

And don't forget the Sandman or Nessy the Lochness. :)

That made me chuckle outloud! Thanks for that!

Bellamere Cottage said...

Aren't kids funny? It's so interesting the way their little minds work........cute story!

Blessings,
Spencer

GrandmaK said...

The "little one" have such a way with words. Oh, that they would not lose their innocence. DRAT! Than time, too, will come! Delightful post! Cathy

MightyMom said...

AND the Easter Bunny!!

and don't forget Santa! We want him to stay healthy so he can deliver all those presents!!

SQUELLY said...

Now that is inclusive! kids know best

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Natalie said...

Your story made my morning. I love getting a good laugh from the things kids say and come up with.

Linda Higgins said...

Hi Lisa, Oh I loved catching up on your blog posts! I haven't looked for 3 days and it was wonderful! Oh the view is breathtaking and the waterfall and water below your feet on the video was so beautiful..What a great little get-a-way! That is my kind of retreat! I love how kids say the darndest things! Sweet children!