“Looks like someone’s not keeping her baptismal promises,” my friend joked (at least, I think he was joking) at lunch yesterday.
My three-year-old did not have a ready explanation for the doctrine of the Trinity. Clearly, I have failed as a parent.
I am not worried–yet–about Zoe’s grasp of Christian doctrine. But I do worry sometimes that I am not teaching her Important Things (if I had an example it would go right here) while accidentally teaching her Wrong Things (cold pizza for breakfast).
As I hope is obvious based on the content of this blog, Zoe is currently an only child. She is also still the only grandchild on both sides (looking at you, siblings). Oh, and she’s the pastor’s kid in a community she entered at nine weeks old, which makes her the church baby, too. So, there is no shortage of presents and attention and praise for this girl. (Pro Tip: She’s totally worth it.)
But as a PK, Zoe spends more time in nursing homes and assisted living centers than most preschoolers. She certainly gets plenty of attention in these places, but she gives attention, too.
Yesterday, we visited with the ladies over coffee and graham crackers, sang a few nursery rhymes to a lady with advanced Alzheimer’s, then retired to the day room for a little noodle ball. (Pro Tip: Probably not the official name of the game.)
Here’s what I think Zoe is learning on these excursions:
1. Not to be afraid of people who are old, or of people who can’t talk / walk / hear / see / eat very well.
2. How to be comfortable in uncomfortable places.
3. How to spread joy.
So, I think if we eat cold pizza for breakfast and are a little fuzzy on the doctrine of the Trinity, we’re probably doing okay all in all.
What Important Thing do you most hope to pass on?
Or, what Wrong Thing do you most hope to avoid sharing?