Sunday, August 8, 2010

The presence of greatness

Getting to know each of my children as individuals is perhaps the best part of getting to be a parent. I am often amazed and impressed by the thoughts that their growing brains process.

Take Avery a few weekends ago. She had woken up from a long afternoon nap and it was just the two of us in the house (it's summertime, so of course the boys were at the pool).

After a short snuggle we came downstairs for a snack - orchard fresh cut up peaches. Avery says, "mmmmmm....deeelicious!" and so I say that we should thank G-d for these delicious peaches and start to say the prayer, boray pre ha'etz.

Avery asks, "Where is G-d?" to which I reply everywhere, inside you, inside me (Alex would tell you in the sky). But she starts to get agitated because if we are 'thanking G-d', then he must be a person so she says, "Mommy, I want G-d to come to our house"

"He is, Avery. He is definitely in this house"

"Where?" she demands. "I want to see him!"

Now, how do you explain the concept of the ephemeral to a 2 year old? Quite frankly, I gave up rather quickly and changed the subject, although I was intent upon savoring this first of many conversations of exactly this kind with my little girl - and of course, I am recording it here for posterity.