Yesterday I was home during the announcement of the new Pope. I saw the smoke update on Twitter and turned on the TV so Charlotte and I could watch the new guy be revealed from the curtains.
Explaining this to a newly-turned 4-year old can be tricky. And I, as always, went with the least amount of information in the simplest language when answering her questions.
Charlotte: What? Who is it?
Me: There’s a new boss of the church today.
Charlotte: Our church?
Me: Not really. Of all of our churches. (I was not prepared to discuss different religions at this point.)
A few minutes go by and she’s obviously tired of waiting….
Me: Jesus? No, not Jesus. The new Pope.
Charlotte: But you said the boss of our church. And that’s Jesus.
Hmmm….not sure how to respond to that one. Maybe she does listen when I teach Sunday school.
Charlotte: Why are we watching this?
Me: Well, this is a big deal. You will probably only experience this a few times in your lifetime.
And then he emerged and she wanted to know if he was going to “climb down that blankie hanging on the wall”.