— Beth, age 4
"I know you don’t believe me. It’s because you can’t see what I see. Grown-ups just can’t see what kids see. But what we see is real!"
"I just realized how you can prove Santa isn’t real. He’s supposed to be secret and hidden, right? Nobody sees him flying around? So if he really was all those things then we wouldn’t even know about him. We’d all just have presents magically showing up on Christmas. But since we DO know about him, he can’t be real. He can’t be real and famous and secret all at the same time. That proves it!"
— Luke, age 8
|Luke:||[age 8] "I am not going to school today."|
|Me:||"Yes, you are."|
|Luke:||"No. I can't! I can't go to school today."|
|Me:||"You can't? Is something preventing you from going?"|
|Luke:||"I just can't."|
|Me:||"Did someone build a thousand-foot wall between here and school that we can't get around?"|
|Me:||"Is there a moat full of hungry alligators around the school that will eat you if you try to get in?"|
|Luke:||"No, that's not what I mean."|
|Me:||"Has your school been mysteriously transported to the surface of Mars?"|
|Luke:||"No, none of that. I mean, I just can't go."|
|Me:||"I don't understand why. When you say 'can't', it sounds like you mean it is physically impossible. You know, like 'I can't fly up in the sky like a bird just by flapping my arms' -- that kind of 'can't'."|
|Luke:||"Well... technically nothing is impossible."|
|Luke:||"That's what the Bible says. All things are possible with God."|
|Me:||"Really? /All/ things? Even flying up into the sky?"|
|Luke:||"All things. Even flying."|
|Me:||"Just so I understand: nothing at all is impossible?"|
|Luke:||"Right. Nothing is impossible if you have God's help."|
|Me:||"So you /can/ go to school today?"|
|Luke:||"Oh, not that. Some things are only possible at certain times. And right now is one of those times when going to school really is impossible."|
|Me:||"I thought you said /nothing/ was impossible with God."|
|Luke:||"God has a time for everything, Dad."|
"Can I tell you what slugs think about us? They think they’re smarter than us, even though we’re smarter than them. But slugs don’t know that. They believe in their own truth, in bug truth. Dogs have their own truth too. Everybody does!"
— Beth, age 4
"You know what’s the hardest thing in the world? Well, there are two hard things. First is believing in God, having faith, trying not to do sin and wrong things. That’s really hard. But second is /communication/. It seems like it doesn’t matter who people are, communication is really hard to get right. I wish these things were easy!"
— Luke, age 8, expressing his feelings after hearing adults argue
Sometimes I hear him and think: kid, you have no idea how smart you are. I hope you really understand this and, more importantly, I hope you remember it!
|Luke:||[age 7] "I don't like it when Grandma talks to me about the Bible."|
|Mom:||"Oh? Why not?"|
|Luke:||"She never lets /me/ talk! And everything she says is true just because she says it. I can't ask questions. I don't mind talking religion but I don't like that."|