Today must be my day for in depth questions from my kids and good stuff coming in the mail! This morning I picked Christopher up from preschool as usual. I asked how his day was and he said, “Fine mom. I didn’t get into trouble so can I play Mario Kart when I get home?” Yes, that’d be fine I said. I asked what they did in school today and he said, “stuff.” Oh, ok. Thanks for the info! Then he asks me, “Mom, how was the world created?” He’s 4 years old!!!! How was the world created? Ugh!
In the matter of 2 seconds my mind went in all different directions. Do I give him the religious version? The scientific version? My version? Ask him what he thinks? I decided to start with the religious version and go from there. I am Catholic and attend mass on a (somewhat) regular basis. Trinity is in religious ed class and had her First Communion last year. I quit taking Christopher when he was about 2 *GASP* because he couldn’t sit still and it was always a commotion. He would literally YELL during mass, “Mom, when is it over? Is he (the priest) done talking yet? I want to go! No, I won’t be quiet! I don’t care! Mom MOM MOM MOM MOM MOM MOM!!!!” I couldn’t take it anymore! When I go to church I like to hear what the priest says and participate (ie sing!). So, when this question came up I figured it’s a good time to reintroduce our faith and maybe I’d get somewhere!
I started off with, “God created the Earth and all things in/on it in 7 days.” His response, “Oh, God created it.” He started asking about the trees and stuff so I was going to tell him about those 7 days when I drew a blank and the more I thought about it the more I realized that I really don’t remember ‘learning’ those 7 days. I remember reading it in the first pages of the Bible way back in confirmation class, but as far as what came on what day, I have no idea. So, I did my best! Ahhh, night was first I said, (is that right or was light first??) then He made sun to bring light to the dark, and the following days he made everything else! “Oh” he says again and proceeds to ask about each thing he sees (the clouds, the trees, the birds); yes, God made all those things. “The barn” he says, no not the barn, that was built by man. “Oh.” I told him on the 7th day God took a rest and that’s why nobody works on Sunday’s and we go to church. “Oh, I don’t like church” he says! Yeah, I know! Then he asks about the hills. This is where the scientific part of me kicked in. I said, kind of. God made the Earth and then the Earth did a lot of things on it’s own. I left it at that. He’s in preschool! I don’t think he really cares at this point, he just wanted a simple answer and he was satisfied with it.
That got me thinking, at what point in my life did I start making my own opinions on stuff like this? I grew up going to church EVERY Sunday. Went to every religious ed class and ya know what? I feel like I don’t know squat about being Catholic or anybody’s religion for that matter. I feel like we weren’t taught a lot of things and in the grand scheme of things it’s about what’s right for me. I’m a very logical person so I love to learn the scientific things. Love the Discovery channel, the History channel, TLC, ect. For me, the religious part and the scientific part go hand in hand and I’ve found a balance that fits ME. What about you? Is it one way or no way? Is there a combo for you? Do you remember when you started forming your own opinions on major matters? It’s kind of scary to think that I’m in charge of this little person’s life and instilling good morals, attitudes, and behaviors in someone so impressionable.
Now that I re-read this post, I hope it didn’t come off to “churchy” or religious for any of you. That wasn’t really the point! I don’t push religious views on anyone, but I do like to find out what other people believe because I think all aspects of life play a part in what we each believe and what’s right for each of us.