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Carla Perkins: Child asks Why Jesus killed off all the dinosaurs?
Papa has answer for child's question, a good one, in today's world. And she remembers troubling religious questions, childhood fears of Biblical disasters, and how her own mother allayed her own fears, and she could sleep again at night. 'From that day forward I stopped worrying, and as I grew older I could tell the difference between dramatic dialogue and speculation and reality. Kids can't tell the difference. They think if adults say something, it must be true,' she writes.
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By Carol Perkins
Carla called one night because Joseph wanted to talk to his papa. He had a Bible question for him. For some reason, they usually skip over me with Bible questions.
"Papa, why did Jesus kill off all the dinosaurs?"
I heard Guy reply before I knew the question. "Well, partner, I guess He didn't feel we needed them anymore."
"I know why. He didn't want them to kill people because He liked people more than dinosaurs." I thought his answer was a good one.
Why do adults view children as simplistic creatures?
We adults are often guilty of viewing children as simplistic creatures who have no thoughts deeper than video games or worries beyond whether or not they will get to eat all their Halloween candy in one night. When they ask questions, many adults brush them off with lines like, "What made you think of that?" or "Why are you worried about that?" Kids learn to hold in their worries because they don't know what else to do.
I remember hearing 'We must be living in the end time'
When I was young I heard some older people talking about religion and the problems with the world; I actually don't remember for sure where I was, but what I do remember is one of them saying, "Well, according to the Bible, we must be living in the end times." What did I know about the end times except that what he said didn't sound very good, so I started to obsess about the world ending. (I think I was seven or eight.)
Visions of sky falling kept me up at night
Visions of the sky falling like the Chicken Little story or the oceans swallowing up the land kept me awake at night. Suddenly, I wanted my mother to lie down with me so I could go off to sleep. She just thought I was scared of the dark. I certainly didn't tell her my fears were much worse.
Finally, nearing a childhood nervous breakdown, I told my mother my fears. By then I was not only stressed about the world ending but had decided to worry about everyone I knew dying and my brother and I having to live with relatives. I was at the point that when my dad left to go to work, I feared he wouldn't return.
My mother wisely told me her experiences
When I broke down and revealed my fears, she wisely told me her experiences. I remember her saying, "As long as I have been alive, some people have said the same thing and I used to worry about it when I was your age." Glad to know I wasn't going crazy, I continued to listen. She said, "I told my mother about it and she said when she was young she heard the same thing. She also said that she remembered when the first airplane took to the sky that old timers said the world would end. The truth is that no one knows."
From that day forward I stopped worrying
From that day forward I stopped worrying, and as I grew older I could tell the difference between dramatic dialogue and speculation and reality. Kids can't tell the difference. They think if adults say something, it must be true.
Who really knows what is going around in the heads of our little ones? They have more questions than answers right now. The problem is that they seldom share with adults and end up concealing their fears and going to bed at night with the light on and their heads under the cover, wishing morning would come.
Carol Perkins, the writer of this popular CM Column, is an author, owner and operator of Main Street Screenprinting, 601 S. Main Street, Edmonton, KY, Phones 270-432-3152 and 270-670-4913 and is co-host of Susan (Susan Shirley Chambers) & Carol (Carol Sullivan Perkins) on 99.1 The Hoss, regularly live at 10amCT, each Tuesday. Watch CM Events for topics/guests on the show.
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