04 March 2008

Is This Something I Should Be Concerned About?

I've said before that I have the most interesting conversations with my kids in the car.

My son and daughter were having a fairly heated discussion on what constitutes a "bad" word. I think Flynn had said something was "stupid" and Evan piped up that "stupid" is a bad word. In our house we discourage the kids from using that particular word. I'm certain we are not alone in this.

Anyhoo, Evan then asked if saying you wanted to be Jesus Christ was bad. I said no, it wasn't bad to want to be like Jesus (emphasizing the doing good works, standing up for what you believe in, speaking out against injustice, taking care of the less fortunate part of Jesus' character). I did mention that using Christ's name in vain was pretty rude and should be avoided.

Evan listened to me then clarified, "No, I want to BE Jesus Christ."

Oh. Yes. I see.

Honestly, I was speechless. I didn't know what to say, so I just kind of left it at that.

"Hmmmm," I thought to myself, picturing him dumping out the collection plate at Mass, collecting a gang of 12 boys and a couple of girls, curing any lepers around, you know, the whole life of Jesus Christ (and let's just say that my understanding of Christ has been heavily influenced by Monty Python and Christopher Moore not just by "Godspell", "Jesus Christ Superstar" and reading the Gospels in the Bible).

Can you tell Evan attends a Catholic school?

Will his father and I be paying for therapy later?

Do all 7-year-old boys go through a phase where they want to be Jesus?

Dunno. I think I'll just keep an eye on him for now.


Mrs. Chicken said...

Ah, just a phase, I'm sure. Mr. C still tells me that if we weren't married he'd be pope by now. :)

Katherine said...

Wow. That is too funny. I can't wait until the tree-hugger starts talking!