Or Happy Easter. Whichever you prefer.
So…a few weeks ago my six year old nephew presented me with a multiple choice question. “What is your favorite part of Easter?”
His first few options dealt with eggs…dyeing, hiding, finding. I don’t like eggs. I had a very bad experience with eggs a few years ago, getting very sick after eating an egg salad sandwich. I can’t stand the smell of eggs now.
Then he said “eating candy” and I immediately responded “eating candy!”, never giving him a chance to go over the other options. He then turned to his siblings and presented them with the same question. Only after a few candy-related options and a few toy-related options he said “Or going to church?” Doh…church.
It was after I told my other about it that she informed me that my nephew was signed up to attend Sunday School this fall. Fun.
So the following week, when he presented me with same question, I answered “Going to church.” But he didn’t believe me. He said “I thought you liked eating candy?” Damn that kid and his memory! So I said “I like eating candy in church.” He wasn’t buying it. It was like he wrote my original answer in cement.
Each week he asked me the question and each week he called me out for changing my original answer. By the week of Easter I caved. Fine, you win… “You’re right, I like eating candy.” He then said “Mommy and Daddy don’t like when you say that. They said Jesus is the most important thing and it’s important to learn about Jesus.” Though he then admitted that eating candy was also his favorite.
Look, he’s six year old. Most kids are going to say candy is their favorite. If you want a kid to think Jesus is the most important thing about Easter, maybe you you take him to church more than twice a year. Growing up we went to church more in a month than they go in a year…and we didn’t even think Jesus was the most important thing about Easter. Unless you’re sending your kid to Jesus Camp…candy is always going to beat Jesus.