Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Tis the Season to Be Inquisitive

Tonight in the car, my seven year old Elizabeth was singing along with a Christmas song that celebrates the Immaculate Conception of our Saviour. After singing the first verse, she stopped singing and asked, "Mom, what's a virgin?"

How would you respond?

11 Comments:

Blogger Anon said...

I've had that same question asked of that song. Maybe some consider this is lie, but I cannot bring myself to reveal details to children who aren't ready for the birds and the bees speech yet. So, my simplified version is Mary hadn't ever had a baby before so it's another name for her.

So, I guess I'm going to hell for lying to my children and leading them down the path of unrighteousness.

December 06, 2006 10:09 PM  
Blogger Jim and Jaena said...

I don't think that's a lie; a virgin hasn't had a baby before (she hasn't had sex either, but that may be TMI for little ears at this point). I would say a virgin hadn't had a baby or been married before. Or I would check Webster...

December 06, 2006 10:17 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

Actually, that is the same answer I gave Elizabeth. However, when we got home tonight, she asked, "So was I a virgin birth then, Mommy, but Anna wasn't?" So the lie continues. I said no, you weren't because Daddy and I were married, and Jesus's birth was because Mary had never been married. That will work until she asks me about someone who does not have married parents, but hopefully that will be a question for another day.

December 06, 2006 10:18 PM  
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December 06, 2006 10:20 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

Jaena, you and I were posting at the same time! My first response to Elizabeth was similar to Anon's, and my second response to Elizabeth was similar to yours. Guess we all think alike on this matter. Now I just need to know what to say when the single parent virgin birth question comes up.

December 06, 2006 10:24 PM  
Blogger Anon said...

Okay, so my kids aren't as intelligent as the queen herself :), but they are a lot of fun to be around. :) My kids accepted the answer and went on with singing the song.....so much for Bloom's taxonomy.

December 06, 2006 10:38 PM  
Blogger Jim and Jaena said...

Oh! Jim just remembered the rest of what I was telling you earlier. Elisha had told us that his blood sugar was low (something he hears since Jim is hypoglycemic). Jim asked him how low it was and he told me what I told you earlier. Ha!

December 06, 2006 11:11 PM  
Blogger Hummel Family said...

Oh, I am not ready for these BIG question!I am glad you are figuring out what to say, when my day comes I will be calling you, Deb.

December 06, 2006 11:25 PM  
Blogger Bekah said...

Deb - SERIOUSLY about spit coffee on that one. I was just about to take a big drink as I read and I just put the cup DOWN. OH my goodness. Good answer, though!! See I don't even think I put my parents through all of this. I should ask. Or maybe I don't want to know....

December 07, 2006 9:08 AM  
Blogger Keetha said...

Anyone want to hear the answer from the ANATOMY teacher???????

;-)

December 07, 2006 5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A virgin can also mean "young woman." That's the answer I stick with. :)

December 08, 2006 10:47 PM  

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