Out of Order

No, there’s nothing broken here, which, with the two of you, is actually an accomplishment. Rather, I’m writing to the two of you from a concern about learning things in the wrong order. You see, when I was your age, I was exposed to coconut-scented sunblock before I even knew what a coconut was. And when finally I saw the real thing, I hated eating it because I forever thought I was eating sunscreen. Likewise with lemon scented dish soap. When finally I saw a lemon, I had no idea how or why anybody would want to put slices of dish-soap into their drinking water. To this day, the first thing I do with the lemon is get it the heck out of my glass.

And now, my beloveds, we come back to you. About a month or so back, we read The Magician’s Nephew together, which is the first in the Narnia Chronicles. Now we’re reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. You’re only 6, so much of the deeper and religious aspect of the story is lost on you. At least I think it might be, but I do try to highlight the Christian parts so that you get them. What I wonder about, however, is whether when you finally learn and really understand the story of Christ, if you will end up thinking “Oh… he’s just like Aslan in that story about Narnia” in the same way I have coconuts and lemons stored out of order in my brain.

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