I am not much of a temple-goer. So, it follows that I don’t really take Lil D to temples or do much of any religious stuff at home. I do however encourage her to believe in God because I feel faith gives strength, especially in the early vulnerable years. I myself have a very ambivalent approach to the whole thing, but I try to educate her on the various religions and their beliefs as and when appropriate. Ideally, I’d like her to choose what she wants to believe as she grows up, and I want her to be adequately prepared to make that choice for herself.
This evening, my parents wanted to visit a couple of temples. And so we did. Lil D is familiar with the procedures now and acquitted herself admirably. One thing I love about her is how caring she is with my parents. She was with my mom the whole time, “taking care” of her, while I was in charge of my dad.
At the end of the visit, I asked her casually, “So, did you pray to God?”
She smiled up at me and said, “You know what, I was singing the song – God’s love is so wonderful…”
My heart filled with gladness. For this is exactly how I’d like her equation with God to be, and I sure hope it remains like that!