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A Little Jesus Confussion

Well, KT is very familiar with Jesus. She can identify Him in picture books and paintings. She even prays the cutest prayers. One of it goes like this – “Jesus, bless mummy, daddy, puppy dog, mummy puppy dog and daddy puppy dog!” (Stray dogs she saw several months ago at a garbage dump in Trichy!). Suppose me or Vj is sick, she’ll lay hands on us and pray, “Jesus, bless headache/pain/fever!” 

She also hears the name Jesus several times during the week and many more times on Sundays at church!

However a couple of recent incidents have made me curious as to how she has pictured Jesus. How has her little mind conceived Jesus!

Every afternoon when she returns from school and while I unlock the door to our house, she’ll ask, “Amma, who is inside?”

I, since I firmly believe that we’re never alone, that God’s presence constantly abides in us and in our home, will reply, “Jesus is inside, darling!”

For a few days, she just said okay and didn’t ask much about it.

Sometime last week, she asked the same question again and I replied the same. She immediately ran inside the house, searched each room and returned telling me, “Amma, Jesus is lost! He is not there!”

Of late, she resumed sucking her thumb when she feels sleepy. So Vj and I apply neem oil on her thumb or put a sock in her right hand trying every possible thing to stop her from doing so. On one such attempt, Vj put one of his shirts for KT, as it covers her hands completely. She took a look at it. It was long, her feet was almost covered. She looked at herself. And then asked, “Amma, I am Jesus?”

I broke into laughter, but kept wondering how I would explain Jesus to her. It will take some years for her to grasp the fact that Jesus Christ is her Creator and Savior. But long before that, I really wish my little girl will experience a personal encounter with Him. I do not want Jesus to be a familiar, invisible, imaginary person to her. I really hope that she will get to know Him in a real tangible way. Jesus after all said,

Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.

Matthew 5:8


Fire! Fire!

Last evening, I was finishing up a long pending grocery shopping with KT. Our last stop was a road side vegetable stall. This guy has the freshest vegetables compared to the supermarkets in our neighborhood. Anyways, I picked some veggies and was loading those in the car. It was past eight in the night and although the sky was dark, I could see rain clouds all hurled up together. The breeze was getting cooler and I could perceive a good shower was not too far.

I was telling KT that it could soon rain and I love it when it rains. Asked her if she loves rains, if she could see the rain clouds and keep her eyes open for some lightening. All of sudden she screamed, “Amma, fire, fire!” She sounded quite panicked. For a couple of moments, I was confused – did she see fire in the sky (it’s not possible, unless it’s the end of days!) or was anything close to the car on fire, do I get alarmed?

Now a little anxious, I asked her again, “Where’s the fire, Chellam?”

She says, “Amma, fire in anna’s* mouth!”

WHAT??? I definitely could not spot anyone fire breathing!

Moments later I figured what she meant! A few feet in front of our car was a young man smoking a cigarette!

KT asked me, feeling very sorry for that chap, “Amma, why fire in anna’s* mouth?”

I had no answers =(

* ‘Anna’ means elder boy in Tamil. In this case it was a young man in his 20s!

Day 1 at Nursery

KT continues in the same school as last year.  We opted for the second batch. This timing works out so perfectly well for me as I can enjoy a good quiet time, then cook and pack lunch for Vj all while KT enjoys her sleep until 9 am 😉 I let her wake up on her own. She enjoys a good breakfast at her own pace and while the house help get her work down, I can get KT ready for school!

Previously, while KT was in playgroup, there were fewer kids in her class and there was only one batch. Her van would arrive at 8:30 sharp and start honking. My mornings were absolute mayhem waking up at 6 am (I still wake up at 6 am, but have lesser things to accomplish!), quiet time, cooking, carry her while asleep, give her a bath while she continues sleeping, play Dora the Explorer and Sponge Bob Square Pants on TV trying to feed the sleepy head, put ponytails and drag the reluctant, still sleepy child to her van! It was pure torture for both me and her. So you can imagine how relieved I am with this new timing 😀

Unlike her first day at playgroup, the day went on smoothly. Being the first day, it was just a one hour class and parents were allowed to be with the kids. Initially KT was a little clingy and shy.  All her previous classmates are in the previous batch, so she was kinda lost in the company of new teachers and classmates. The class room was divided into three corners and each had a different activity which the child was free to do. KT and I started with a puzzle, moved to wooden building blocks and finally settled at the drawing/scribbling desk. There a sweet little girl, SH,  already seated with her mum at the desk. She extended a box of gems to KT and gave a smile. KT picked the gems and a new friendship blossomed instantly!

SH’s mom was teaching SH to draw a simple face – a circle, two dots, a smile and springy hair. KT was observing. I handed KT a crayon and paper and asked her to try it out. She took the paper and drew something that left me ROFL! Here it is –

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Please don’t mistake it for the sun. I’m assuming it’s something between a human, an alien and a spider which has its head directly attached to its legs. This is what KT said, “Amma, Peaches draw face, tall legs and tall hair!”

After 45 minutes in the class, the kids were allowed to play in the play area. KT thoroughly enjoyed it and refused to leave. After much persuasion, she and SH held hands and walked out. We dropped SH and her mum at their house, spent a few minutes getting to know each other while the girls played together!

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It was a fine day on the whole! My prayers and best wishes for KT and her little friends to enjoy a year full of joy, fun and laughter!