Simon is curious about how prayer works. We’ve talked a lot lately about praying for things that are important to you, like, say, getting into a good kindergarten. (Yes. Kindergarten. I think college might be less stressful than this “lottery” thing is.) And he’s taking it to heart. Last night he prayed not only about school, but also to learn about snakes. And when we lied down afterward to cuddle and talk, he asked how Heavenly Father could answer his prayers. We talked about school first.
“Well, maybe Heavenly Father could help you get into the school you really want to get in to.”
“But how would Heavenly Father do that?”
“Heavenly Father could maybe make it so your name came up early on when they start assigning kids to schools.”
“I don’t really know how He does it, but I know that Heavenly Father can do things like that.”
“But how else could he answer my prayer?”
“Well, if you don’t get into the school that you want, then He could help to feel peace and not worry about what school you will be going to. He could help you to know that even if you don’t get into the school you want, things will still be okay.”
“But how would he answer the part about snakes?”
“Hmmmm. I think that Heavenly Father would probably help you learn to understand snakes. Like maybe if we went to the library and got a book about snakes he would help us to understand what the book was talking about. And you know what? I really don’t like snakes. I don’t like to be close to them and they kind of scare me and I really don’t like them. So maybe if we learned about snakes Heavenly Father would help me to understand them so I wouldn’t be scared of them and I might even learn to be grateful for them.”
He seemed appeased by my answers, but I kind of get the feeling that I’m talking to myself more than I am to him. I guess that is one reason we have kids: so they can get us to say the things we need to hear.