Saturday, May 19, 2012

"Yum! Jesus!"

‘Daddy, how do you make your body move?’

‘Your brain sends a signal to your body, like “move your arm”’.

I moved my arm as an illustration.

‘And when you walk, your brain tells your arms and legs to move and it tells your eyes to watch where you’re going.’

'OK Dad.'

Aurora and I marched on the spot for a minute. Jocasta came and joined us – but opted to skip.

My eldest daughter is going through a very inquisitive phase – needing to know how everything works.

‘What about people who walk without moving their arms Daddy?’

‘If they are not technically disabled darling, they are not to be trusted and are best avoided.'

‘OK Dad’.

Aurora resumed her marching on the spot. I saluted her and, sensing a break in her line of enquiry, made to ‘about turn’.

‘Daddy. What about the people at church?'

I raised an eyebrow and waited for my daughter to elaborate.

'Well, you know the way Jocasta puts her arms up and runs around screaming when you take the croissants out of the oven. Her brain says "Yum! Put your arms up!'''.


'Well What about the people at church who raise their arms and close their eyes while they are singing?’

This question did not entirely surprise me. I had seen Aurora scanning the congregation during services.

‘No arms yet Daddy,’ she’d whisper. Aurora has inherited her mother’s ‘stage whisper’ and can usually be heard by all present.

‘That’s a slightly different thing, sweetness. The people who raise their arms at church are having a special spiritual moment and they are trying to get closer to Jesus.’

‘So they are, like, saying "Yum! Jesus!' They’ll not actually reach him though Daddy, will they? I mean, you’re tall, but I don’t think you’d be able to actually reach Jesus.’

‘No darling – I didn’t mean that they are actually trying to touch Jesus. They are being moved by Jesus and raising their hands in his general direction.'

‘A-ha!’. Aurora’s face showed great revelation.

‘So their brains aren’t moving their bodies. It’s Jesus’s brain and he’s really messing about.’

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:14 am

    He he... being moved by Jesus :) Think you might need to come back to that one.