Before reaching into the candy bag, the lady asks each child to tell a story about what they've recently learned. I always get really nervous at this point, because I DO tell Gabi stories from the bible, but she never seems to remember them at important times, like this one.
She still gets her candy, but I have a sneaking suspicion that people think I'm slacking on the bible story front. This morning I thought we'd do a little prep in the car on our way to church, so that she'd be able to tell a story
Me: When you show Suzanne your bible today, why don't you tell her the story about who named all of the animals. Do you remember who named all of the animals after God made them?
Me: No, not Jesus. Adam! Remember? Adam and Eve were the first people that God made, and Adam got to name all the animals!
Gabi: Oh, now I remember. What kinds of things did Eve get to do?
Oh, gosh. Do I tell her about the apple? That all Eve is attributed to doing is getting the human race into a whole heap of trouble? Yeah, that'd be a fun discussion to have with a four year old. So I did some on the spot improvisation. (Which, when I do it, never really turns out very well. See below for case in point.)
Me: Um, Eve got to name all of the fruits!
Gabi: Really? Like pineapple? And papaya?
Gabi: Wow! That's a really cool thing to get to do! I love pineapple.
Me: So let's go over it one more time. Who named the animals?
Me: That's right! And who named the fruit?
It's probably a good thing that we forgot her bible in the car. It'll give us one more week to get the story straight.