I hate - hate - checking out at the grocery store with kids in tow. The narrowness of the lane, the brightly-colored candy displays, the smutty Cosmopolitan magazine covers raising questions I don't really want to answer ("Mom, what does 's-e-x' spell?"), etc.
This weekend, my un-doing was the Time magazine with Osama Bin Laden's face on the cover with a big, red "X" across it.
Jack asked, "Mom, why does that guy's face have an X on it?"
"Because he's gone."
"Where did he go?"
"Uuuuuh... well, he's not alive anymore."
"So he went with Jesus Christ?"
"Where did he go then? Why did he die?"
At this point, Justin was looking at me with that annoying "better you than me" face he gets when I am forced to navigate the murky waters of moral education of our children as he stacked box after box of Rice-a-Roni on the conveyor belt and played peek-a-boo with the girls. I mouthed "douche" at him and turned back to my questioning son.
"Jack, honey, that man was very bad. He was a bad guy. He hurt lots and lots of people so our good Army guys had to go and kill him. He's not in Heaven because he sinned too much."
"But we shouldn't kill! He did sins? We don't shoot people. We don't kill people!"
Sigh. Great. So now I'm forced to try to explain a dichotomy that I don't quite understand myself to a 4-year-old and hope that he doesn't apply the same logic to issues at home - I can hear it now: "I hit Jordan because she was hitting Addie and Addie needed me to protect her and hitting was the only thing I could do."
So I did what any self-respecting, loving parent would do...
"Look at all the candy, Jack!"
"Wow! Can I have some Skittles?!"
Phew. Crisis averted.
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