We have good kids. I like my kids a lot. I really do think they are nice little boys and am very proud of them. But, I spend a LOT of time with them so, I know all about them....the good, the bad, and the UGLY! ;)
The boys are preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which they will be making in a couple of weeks. Since the boys are getting all of their Catholic education from Religious Education (1 night a week), rather than going to a Catholic School (every day, all day), a lot of material is convered really quickly. Last night, the 2nd graders were given a "crash course" on the Sacrament that they will soon be receiving. There was soooo much information for their little brains to process...they have to tell a Priest their sins, they have to learn a prayer, they have to tell a Priest their sins, they will be given "the wonderful gift of being wiped free from sin and given absolution", and, oh yeah, they will have to tell a PRIEST their SINS!!!
On the way home, I asked the boys what they thought about what they had just learned at RE. Unfortunately, the only part of it that they really seemed to have taken away was the "I have to tell a Priest my sins" part of the lesson.
Obviously, this is not good because there is so much more to it than that and I really do want them to understand as much as their 7 year old little brains are able...I guess that we've got some work to do over the next week, or so.
On the bright side, the conversation on the way home was pretty funny and the "inspiration" for this whole post. Enjoy.
Me: "What did you think about what you learned in RE today?"
Jack: "You mean about when we have to go to the Priest and tell him our sins?"
Me: "yep, that"
Jack: "It's fine."
Me: "that's it?"
Ben: "Well, I can't really think of anything."
Me: "You can't think of anything that you learned tonight?"
Ben: "No, I learned stuff, I just can't think of any sins that I am going to tell the Priest."
Me: "That's ok, you still have some time to think about it."
Drew (to Ben) , in the cool, confident, casual voice that he does so well: "Well.........I can't think of any sins that I did either. If I can't think of any by next week, I'll just go and do one".
Seriously?!?! That's right, that's my kid that thinks it is a good idea to commit a NEW sin, because he just can't dig deep enough in his brain to think of one that he has already committed. I would LOVE to be a fly on the wall when Drew goes in to "talk to the Priest"! Look out Father!!
Wish us luck!!