Last night at dinner we raised our glasses (beer in ours, milk in Paisley’s) and said “Cheers!” She loves this and we are a family of toasters so it wasn’t really out of the ordinary. As soon as she had taken a swing of her milk, she put her cup on the table, crossed her arms across her chest, bowed her head and with eyes closed said “Hum-a-na, hum-a-na, hum-a-na “. Me and my husband sat there stunned and trying not to laugh as she said what appeared to be a blessing.“What was that?” I said. “Oh, sometimes Grandpa does that before he eats.” she replied.
We laughed and she asked why her Grandpa does that. We told her that Grandpa is grateful for the food and just wants to say thanks. I further explained that people who believe in God say prayers. She gleefully replied, “That’s because some people believe there is a man in the sky! But we don’t believe there is a man in the sky! There are just clouds and planets in the sky!”
We actually haven’t even had that conversation…that was a four-year-old’s interpretation of things. And she nailed it.