“Tomorrow is Easter and then I get CHOCOLATE!” April squealed gleefully as we drove to meet Josh at the False Bay Yacht Club yesterday afternoon.
“You know, Easter isn’t just about chocolate and Easter eggs,” I explained, “In Canada where it’s Springtime, it’s all about rebirth. That’s why we have all of the baby chicks and lambs and bunnies.”
“And for people who are Christian,” I continued, “They believe that Jesus, the son of God died on Good Friday and came back to life on Easter Sunday.”
“I know God,” April shouts, “he’s taller than the trees!”
“What else do you know about God,” I asked, curious to know what they’ve been teaching her at pre-school.
“I don’t know. But I know he’s really tall.”
I then went on to try to explain, in the most succinct way possible, that some people believe in God and others (her dad, for instance) don’t. I told her that I believe that everything in the world is connected, but I don’t believe in an all-powerful God who sits in Heaven and watches over us. I also told her that it can all be very confusing, and one day when she’s older, she can make up her mind about which religion she wants to believe in, if any at all.
When we arrived at the yacht club, April rushed up to Josh, who was standing by the gate waiting for us.
“God is real, Dad,” April announced, hands on hips. “My teachers say so.”
God or no, we did have a visit from the Easter Bunny. This morning he came to visit. As a general rule we try to keep sugary candies and chocolates out of the house. The kids are allowed to eat sweets at birthday parties, and Halloween and Christmas are wild card days when April knows she can cram as much junk into her face provided she doesn’t complain to us about feeling sick. Easter, we have decided, also falls into the category of fun sugar-filled holidays. We organized, with one of our neighbours in the complex, to hide Easter eggs for the kids. So after breakfast and a few treats found in the house, we went to find Taeya, Chido, Kelly and the others to hunt for eggs and sweets in the garden.
Happy sugar high Easter!