Tuesday, November 08, 2005

True Confessions

I've been reading about The Chronicles of Narniamovie and feeling totally out of it because I did not get The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at all. I'd heard it was supposed to have some kind of Christian significance so back when I was teaching sixth-grade Sunday school, I decided we'd read a little of the book at the end of each class. I was hoping to make my students love coming to church because I knew that if I could read something besides the Bible or the hymnal during service, I would certainly be more eager to show up on Sunday morning.

We tried reading the book aloud for a few weeks, during which time I brought in homemade Turkish taffy, which must have figured in the story somehow, though I can't remember now. (By the way, I don't recommend making Turkish taffy at home. Or maybe eating it at all.) Finally, I had to say to the kids, "Can someone explain this book to me? I don't see what this has to do with religion."

One girl, whose mother was the Christian education director for the church, had already read the book. She said, "The lion is Jesus."

I hope this doesn't ruin the movie for anyone. After all, there are lots of other characters in the book who aren't Jesus. And we are just taking a sixth grader's word for it about the lion.

Today's National Essay Writing Month Activity

One thousand, eight hundred and sixty-eight words, for a total of nine thousand, five hundred and sixty-two.

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