Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Tough Questions

Every now and then, Caitlin comes up with questions which require some thinking before we answer her. That's because, from experience, we know that the answer would lead to more questions of "why" and how".

This morning, on the way to school, she got into one of her dreamy, pondering moments in the car. The silence broke with a question: "Mum, how did God make humans?". How that question came about beats me as I don't recall talking to her about the creation of mankind anytime recently.

My answer: God is special and used spiritual powers to make humans....pregnant pause.
Immediate question: How and what powers? Thus began my effort in digging my brains for that part of Genesis, mentioning how God spoke and the animals and plants and man appeared, ending with the fact that the first man's name was Adam.... Phew, that satisfied her.

Then came another question: How do sweets make you sick? Here we go again...blah, blah, blah about sugar content, 'poisonous' chemical stuff for flavouring and colouring, cavities....and a reminder that sweets are not good and cannot be eaten too often.

She then went back to her thoughtful silence until we reached school.

You just never know what kids would ask these days. They are so privileged and are exposed to so many things.

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