I Might Rather Talk About How Babies Are Made

Husband and I are best described as agnostic. I grew up Catholic but am no longer practicing, and I do not agree with/believe/follow the creed. However, we are trying to ensure Claire grows up with an awareness of what this season is about beyond Santa (though Santa is special too, and about love). We read her books, such as Room for a Little One and This is the Stable. They are sweet books conveying the story of a special baby’s birth in humble circumstances. We also listen to a lot of carols, traditional and modern.

So we were listening to a song by Sean Colvin about Mary’s journey to Bethlehem. These days, Claire wants to know what every song is about. She asked about the song. I said it’s about a girl named Mary who journeyed a long way and had a baby in a Bethlehem stable and named him Jesus. Then she asked, “Who’s Jesus?”

Ummm… I said, “Jesus was a person who grew up to teach people to love each other, to be kind and compassionate and to forgive each other.”

That’s sufficient for a three-year-old, right? Then she asked, “What is Jesus’ Daddy’s name?”

Gulp! “Many people think a being named God is Jesus’ Daddy. But Joseph the carpenter was Mary’s husband and raised Jesus as his own son.” I’m the embodiment of finesse, I tell you!

Curiosity sufficiently sated for the moment, she moved on to another topic. She keeps me on my toes!

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2 Comments on “I Might Rather Talk About How Babies Are Made”

  1. Karen Maezen Miller Says:

    Perfect. Children’s questions always remind us what we don’t know, but pretend we do. They aren’t looking for the “right” answer, so best to remember that an honest response is always true.

  2. Barbara Says:

    I love your answers! Nice work.