We are not a religious family. The only time the kids have been in a church is for Older’s piano recitals and school concerts. We do talk about religion and I am happy to answer any questions the kids might have. Because we live in a largely religious, specifically Christian, society I do want to make sure that the kids have some religious context with which to navigate our culture. I think I have some work to do.
Driving around town this week I hear from the back seat:
Older: Why do so many churches have pluses on the top?
Me: Well most churches do, but not all, because all churches don’t believe in the same things. Not all churches even believe in the same gods.
Older: But why do they have pluses?
Me: Well, it’s actually called a cross and it is an important symbol to a lot of religions.
Older (with the tone of an exasperated professor lecturing a dimwitted student): It’s not a cross Mama, it’s a plus. A cross is like this [holds up his fingers in an X-shape]. They are pluses.