On the way to church a few days ago Kate was drawing on her magnetic drawing board. She drew one cross and said “Mommy, I drew Jesus’ cross.” I told her that it was very good. I had no idea the extent that she comprehended of Jesus on the cross and just left it at that.
Then she drew two crosses on either side of the first cross and said, “Look Mommy! I drew the other two crosses.” Well, she has obviously listened in Sunday School and her preschool classes. We have talked about Easter and the crucifixion but I did not know how much she understood. Also, I have tried not to be terribly detailed at this point in her life – she’s only three.
We drove a bit more and then she drew a small cross off to one side of the board. Kate said, “This is the children’s cross for when the children are crucified.”
Okay, Kate has somehow missed a few vital details about the crucifixion if she thinks its a good idea to be crucifying children. I told her that we generally don’t crucify children, and just left it at that. I really hope that point sinks in…
Then I thought about it. She has heard how great Easter is, and that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins, and how that’s such a wonderful thing……. so I guess she is thinking that if it’s such a great thing, then it would be a great thing for kids too. Guess we missed the mark on teaching this one! I also realized that for three year olds, we usually gloss over the details of the crucifixion and go straight to the resurrection story and how amazing that is. Easter has just passed so the whole crucifixion/resurrection story is probably rattling around in her little head. It’s so interesting when you get a small glimpse like this of what is really happening in their three year old brains.
So Kate is my favorite today. Interesting insight on the Easter story…… Now I know that I need to do a better job with explaining some things – like the crucifixion.
Avery +10/-3, Brooke +12/-2, Kate +14/-6, Me 0/-2