Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Those Little Moments: On the Playground


Two years ago, when my oldest daughter started public school, she began learning more about other faiths. In Kindergarten, when she came home wanting to know why we didn’t have a menorah at Christmas like two of her classmates, I reminded her that they had celebrated Hanukkah, which is different from Christmas. Our discussion of the different holidays led her to then ask me, “What is Jewish and how are they different?” Another great question from my then five year old.

While we talked about the differences in the Jewish faith and Christianity, I noticed tears forming in her eyes. I couldn’t imagine what I’d said to upset her. She tearfully asked me how anyone could not believe that Jesus was God’s son that He sent to us? I tried to gently remind her that not everyone believes as we do, and different people believe different things, especially about faith and religion. Then she smiled and said, “That’s ok mommy, I can explain it to them tomorrow on the playground.” In my head, I could already imagine the phone calls about my daughter evangelizing at recess. Since she is such a gentle soul and truly wishes all the best for her friends it was difficult to tell her she really shouldn’t do that at school. We decided that if they ever asked her, then she could take that opportunity to discuss it with them privately.

2 comments:

  1. I remember your telling me about this. I love your recalling these marvelous moments that otherwise may be lost with time. This is so precious.

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  2. That sounds so sweet from a 5 year old. I remember when I was in elementary school riding my bike around the parking lot of a local church that bordered our neighborhood, some kids who went to my school came out of the church and told me what horrible things were going to happen to me because I was not in bible class with them, and I felt terrible, not understanding. It's unfortunate that what one child says with good intentions can be misinterpreted by someone with a different background. It's great that you try to teach your children about different beliefs, and how to be sensitive to them.

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