A few years ago when I was blessed with only one child, my mother and grandmother came to visit. My son was only 3 at the time, now 7.
A little back story, Glamma and Granny, respectively didn’t think that Mommy exposed to the children to religion enough. Mommy thought they have the rest of their lives to make their own decisions, and that religion is a very complex issue that needs to be addressed carefully. Nevertheless, we agree to disagree.
During this particular visit, the grandmothers were doing a bit of recon on the toddler. Asking questions like, “Do you know who Jesus is?” “Has Mommy taught you about how much Jesus loves you?” I don’t think they were ready for the answer they received.
My mom, or Glamma, for these purposes, asked my son if he knew who Jesus was. He replied with a very unenthusiastic, “Yeah.” Regardless, the grandmothers were very pleased that he at least recognized the name. Maybe I’m not such a godless heathen after all. Glamma continued her questioning with more detail, “Did you know that Jesus loves you so much he died for your sins?” My son, still unphased by the grossly age-inappropriate question, replied, “Yeah” without even looking up from his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Finally, Glamma asked him, “What else do you know about Jesus?” The boy, finally realizing he was involved in an actual human conversation, looked up at Glamma with deep, sincere eyes and says, “Glamma, do you mean, Chuck E. Chesus?”
About a year later I was sitting on my patio with the same child. Who was still an only child…those were the days. Anyway, it was a Friday. Good Friday to be exact. In a moment of religious guilt, I asked my son if they told him what that day was at school. He answered, “Yup. It’s Friday.” “You are not incorrect, my darling child,” I responded. “But today is also a special Friday. It’s Good Friday. It’s the day we celebrate that Jesus died for our sins.” I was terrified this was going to turn into a morbid conversation about the details of His death. But instead, he looked at me like a teenager looks at an adult who calls it “The Facebook” and says, “That’s the mouse, right?”