Conversations with a Child
Last night, Iliana and I were on our way back from dinner and a trip to Wal-Mart. While we were at Wal-Mart, Iliana spotted a toy that she wanted. It was a mermaid Dora. She said that she really wanted it. I told her that if she was good, then she might be able to get it for her birthday. Well, she thought about it for most of the way home.
Well, we were almost to the house and something got her thinking about Christmas. Then she said, “Maybe I can get the Dora mermaid for Christmas.”
So I said, “Well, your birthday comes before Christmas. Maybe you can get it then.”
Then I decided to take this opportunity to include “baby sister.”
me: Iliana, when the your baby sister is born, are you going to teach her about Christmas?
me: You are? What is Christmas about?
her: It’s about Jesus and love.
me: That’s right, sweetie! It’s about love and Jesus. What is it about Jesus that Christmas is about?
her: It’s Jesus’s birthday.
me: That’s right, sweetie! It’s Jesus’s birthday! We celebrate the gift that God gave us in Jesus.
her: Like Easter.
me: Yeah, sweetie. What does Easter mean?
her: It means love.
me: (Okay, I’m almost crying at this point.) That’s right! Easter is about love. The love that Jesus had for us.
her: That’s when Jesus died on the cross.
(Okay, I am crying at this point)
It’s amazing what they pick up on.