Heard from the backseat of my car, as we are pulling up to a friend's house for a playdate: "Mama, you know, sometimes I think my brother is everywhere." This from a kid who not so long ago (also from a backseat) declared that she thinks people made up God, since people say that God is in the sky and we know there is nothing in the sky but clouds, and planets, and stars, and comets.
What could I do but hug and kiss her after we got out of the car? She seems happy for the validation, and if I know her, she has been working on this thought for a while before deciding to voice it today. She talked a bit more about it on the way home, and then at home to JD. She is planning to tell her teachers tomorrow. The last bit is probably because after we mentioned her budding atheism to her teachers at the parent-teacher conference (in the context of asking how and what she is interested in doing during their class religious activities), the teachers encouraged us to encourage her to bring stuff like that up in school so they could start a discussion.*
*Before you ask, no, it's not so they can indoctrinate her. The school is Jewish, but intentionally pluralistic, and they take that seriously. When Monkey asked her teacher early in the year what God was, the teacher told her it was an important question that she couldn't answer for her. The school respects families and family beliefs and practices very much, something that was extremely important to us when deciding to send Monkey there. Inside Kindergarten they have created this inherently respectful atmosphere where kids feel safe and genuinely care for each other. So we trust them to have a classroom discussion of a weighty subject like that that won't put anyone down and can only lead to kids thinking in new and deeper ways. Yes, I am talking about six year olds. Some of them are still five, actually.