We have been reading Heidi for the last 1 week or so. It is by far the longest story for us. I used to keep away from long story as Mal has the habit of wanting us to finish the story within 1 read. Now that he is older and can understand reasoning better, he agreed that we have longer story BUT only a few chapters per read.
I was surprised at how Mal loves Heidi. Though there aren’t many pictures in the book and it was very wordy, I know he enjoys the book when he urged me to read another chapter and yet another chapter.
It was Mal’s first exposure to ‘God’ in this book. Heidi and Grandmama in the book, has an ingenious way of explaining God’s will.
I was not spared and was confronted by my biggest fear the other day. As I was reading the last chapter of the book, my little boy interrupted and asked
‘Mummy, what is God?’
I was dumbfounded. I paused for a long while before saying,
‘God is someone you can’t see. There are people who believe that there is God and that they are being watched by God all the time.
So even if they thought that nobody is around when they do naughty things, God can see everything.’
I was stumped!
How do you explain God to a 4 year old?!