“Mommy, sing the ant song!” Bubbers requested sweetly.
“Okay!” I agreed and began singing.
When I got to the seventh verse, I sang, “The ants go marching seven by seven, hurrah! hurrah! The ants go marching seven by seven, hurrah! hurrah! The ants go marching seven by seven, the little one stops to pray to heaven, and they all go marching down to the ground, away from the rain, boom, boom, boom!”
Bubbers interrupted me, “Why did the ant pray to heaven?”
“Because he wanted to talk to God,” I answered.
Then Bubbers cocked his head and asked, “A god ant?”
Last night at 7:15 pm:
“Mommy! Moooommmmyyyyy!!” Bubbers called from his crib only 15 minutes after going to bed.
I ran up the stairs and quietly opened Bubbers’ door.
“Hey there, what’s going on?” I asked softly as I entered Bubbers’ dark room.
“My buddy fell out!” Bubbers pointed to his little Lumpy who was lying on the ground near his crib.
“Oh! Let me get him,” I said as I picked up the little elephant and tucked it under Bubbers’ left arm. Then I adjusted his covers and patted his head.
Just as I was about to leave, Bubbers asked, “Did he go up in the clouds?”
“Who?” I asked.
“Did Jesus go up in the clouds?”
“Yes, He did,” I answered.
“Why?” Bubbers asked his favorite question.
“Well, His mission was done. It was time for other people to teach His Gospel,” I answered the best I could.
“Why did the girl die?” Bubbers continued.
“What girl?…” I asked and then guessed, “The girl that Jesus raised from the dead?”
“Yes,” Bubbers answered, “Why did she die?”
“Her body didn’t work anymore, so her spirit left,” I answered and hoped it made sense.
“What’s a spirit?”
“Well… I’m not really sure,” I said, “I know that we have a spirit body that Heavenly Father created. That goes inside our physical bodies.”
“What’s a physical body?”
“It’s this,” I said as I gently patted his back. “It’s flesh and blood and it’s a very, very special gift from God.”
I smiled, “Because it allows us to do things we can’t do with our spirit bodies.”
We talked about some of the things we can do with our physical bodies and then Bubbers abruptly said, “I’m spinning now, so you can go,” and he motioned for me to leave.
I smiled and shook my head. How quickly he bounces from deep spiritual topics to pretending to be the Magic School Bus! :)