SD9 & Greek Mythology
So I thought I’d share the latest hilarity from SD9.
A little background on why this incident was so funny…
When I met FDH, he claimed that he was “very religious”…his kids knew NOTHING about religion aside from what they saw on those video’s “Veggie Tails”. The few times they went to church that I saw, I asked the Skids what they did at Church & all they said was “Oh, we went out & played.” No Bible stories, no nothing.
I’m not religious due to my funky 1960’s styled cult upbringing but I take the claim of being religious quite seriously & believe that if you claim it, you should act like it. FDH hasn’t been to church in awhile so neither have the Skids.
Well…I LOVE Greek Mythology. When the Skids were starting to read “real” books, I read some goofy Mythology books with them. They are now quite the little scholars when it comes to this particular topic. They can tell you which gods do what & which gods had which kids & the list goes on.
In my Developmental Psych class, the teacher showed a video clip of a kid who was a “loner” at school. He was picked on & he was contemplating suicide. The parents of this kid started taking this kid to church so that he could get involved in the Youth Group…kid ended up making friends, it boosted his self esteem & they all lived happily ever after.
SOOOOOO I decided to look into local churches & their youth groups for SS10 who is high functioning PDD (NOS) but has no friends at school & he tends to get picked on. I discussed the “issue” I have with churches with MIL who talked me around in order to help SS build his self esteem.
This SAME evening, SD9 comes up, talking about Isis (of Egyptian Mythology). She then bumps her discussion to the Greek gods & tells me that it’s important to pray to the “right” god for what you need. Now, this pray topic being thrown in with the Egyptian & Greek gods was a little alarming…the following discussion occurred:
Me: Yes SD, praying is very important!
SD: I know! Plus, knowing WHO to pray to is just as important, don’t you think?
Me: Ummm…what? You’re only supposed to pray to ONE god…as in THE GOD, you know…Jesus’ daddy?
SD: (laughing with heavy sarcasm)) OH RIGHT…you don’t pray to HIM to be pretty, do you???
Me: Ummm…no…I do my hair & make up if I want to be pretty.
SD: NOOOOOO! You’re supposed to pray to Isis, or Venus, or Diana!
Me: *blank stare*
SD: The whole point of having OTHER gods is to make sure there’s one for everything!
Me: Ummmm…no…THE GOD is the ONE & ONLY GOD SD…yes, people worship OTHER gods/people/animals too but if you believe in THE GOD, He’s the only one you pray to.
SD: The gods aren’t just stories, are they? *starting to tear up*
Me: SD…THE GOD said, in the Bible that there are NO OTHER GODS. It’s a very big deal for Him. You can’t pray to anyone else…
SD: But, they AREN’T just stories!
Me: Once, a long time ago, people did worship all of these gods. Then, they stopped worshiping them because their cultures changed. People started worshiping THE GOD & the Greek gods became just stories passed on from older generations.
SD: But who do I pray to if I want to be pretty???
Me: Again, you do your hair & make up dear…when you’re older, that’s how you’ll do it. For now, you’re 9 & beautiful. You will grow into a beautiful young lady. You have nothing to worry about on that front. If you want to though, you’re more than welcome to pray to THE GOD to make sure you’re pretty both inside & out…He loves to listen to children’s prayers & he can answer them just even better than Zeus, Diana or Aries ever could!
SD: *seriously disappointed* Oh…ok.
I called MIL shortly after this conversation to share with her the *importance* of getting them to church…
I did NOT think that I had to explain to the Skids that MYTHOLOGY is full of MYTHS or stories…ah well, I guess you live & learn.