The first question occurred in the car on a drive home from Seattle, just past the summit near Keechelus Lake. I think he had been pondering the giant pine trees and the mountain pass for over an hour.
"Is God a giant?"
"He is everywhere. He must have eaten all his vegetables to grow big and tall and that is why he is a giant. He's bigger than all the trees and the lake, he has to be a giant."
There was no explaining out of that one, and believe me, I tried.
Another discussion occurred on our way to the grocery store yesterday afternoon. Little N was napping and I try to take Big N out for some one on one time when I can. He seems to appreciate our time together and he is so well behaved when he isn't jostling for attention.
"Is God sad when we die?"
This one I took a second to answer. He has been struggling for explanations to why he cannot meet the people he does not remember meeting that he sees in older photographs. We tell him they are part of his family and he wants to meet everyone in his family. He understands that they are gone but I think he is still struggling with what that means to him. He's really much more observant than I've ever given him credit for.
"He is sad for our family and friends who will miss us, but he is not sad that we will be with him."
I think this explanation was ok with the little guy.
He's a sharp kid and I wonder where his deep philosophical thoughts will take him as he grows older.
Photo taken west of Snoqualmie pass
white balance set to incandescent to force a blue tint.