R.E. with Sweetie Junior

May 3, 2010 at 11:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

It’s time for Religious Education!  The following conversation resulted during a paused moment in The Big Bang Theory (season 1), because Sweetie Junior often doesn’t catch references.  I swear I am not making this up.

SJ:  Who’s Jacques Cousteau?


Me:  He was a French marine biologist who had a really famous TV show.

RS:  I think that show was what got me interested in science.

Me:  Now, do you know who Noah Webster was?

SJ:  No.

Me: [sobbing into pillow]

RS:  He invented the….  There should be one in your classroom…

SJ:  [blinking]

Me:  Samuel Johnson invented the dictionary.  Noah Webster just wrote one.  Okay, from the top.  Who was Jacques Cousteau?

SJ:  A marine biologist?

Me:  Good.  Who was Noah Webster?

SJ:  She wrote a dictionary.

RS:  Noah is a boy’s name.

SJ:  It sounds like a girl’s name to me.

Me:  Don’t you know who Noah was?

SJ:  Um, he parted the sea?

RS:  [slaps forehead]

Me:  No, that was Moses.

SJ:  Oh, I was confusing him with Jesus.  Okay, Noah was the one who saved all the animals.

Me:  Why would you confuse Moses with Jesus?

SJ:  [shrug]

And thus we find that television can provide an educational opportunity after all.  At least now and then.


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  1. Confusing Noah and Jesus! Too funny. I love the things kids (of all ages) say sometimes without caring. Me I would be so embarrassed!

  2. We’ve had many moments like this in the last two years, since my niece (whose parents are both agnostic) began attending a private school associated w/ the Episcopal church. Try explaining the concept of communion to a kid with no church background. Very entertaining.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • Oh, it’s not just in matters of religion… the same night she asked, “What’s a loofah?”

      If you ever want to have some fun with a kid, try playing a trivia game together and count up all the basic knowledge they haven’t learned yet.

  3. I laughed at the reply to comment. My five-year-old just asked me yesterday “what’s a loofah?” She actually uses one in the bath, but calls it “a poufy.”

    • I guess it makes sense; people don’t often have conversations about taking a shower, and they probably don’t talk about it at school either. Maybe we should both go around the house identifying every common household item for our daughters! (Funny because yours is a decade younger).

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