Saturday, March 22, 2008
Allan has developed a new fascination with babies and what is happening to mommy right now. Several times he's stuffed his brother's purple rabbit under his shirt and announces he has a baby in his tummy. We've enjoyed telling him the story of his birth and everyone in the family gets involved telling him what he looked like, how he cried, his stay at the hospital, how pop-pop prayed a patriarchal prayer over him when he was about an hour old. And he asks for the stories again and again. Some of the interesting things he's said lately:
1. Philip has been telling him the story of the crucifixion and yesterday as we were laying down to take our afternoon nap he asked me to tell him. I gave a very shortened version and we talked about how terrible the suffering was that Jesus went through. (Of course in his mind if he had been there he would have "poked" Pilate and the bad soldiers and it would have never happened.) I made the statement that what Jesus had to go through was awful and I didn't even like to think about it. Allan asked me why I didn't like to think about and I told him in made me sad because it was so terrible. He replied that I shouldn't feel that way because when Jesus suffered "he conquered death" and that wasn't sad. As he lay sleeping I though it really is true, instead of focusing on the awfulness of the crucifixion I should focus on what was accomplished by it. Death was conquered and I'm so very thankful.
2. He came into our room the other morning with little wisps of hair sticking out on the sides of his head and declared they were his "foul fiend horns." He's been re-watching Pilgrim's Progress and we hear many of the phrases coming out in everyday speech.
3. The other evening he came into the bedroom where I spend my evening lying very still and quiet to tell me, "Bless your little hearty, you're feeling puny!" I had to smile as I agreed with him.