As you know, we are not a religious sort of family. Now what you may not know is that both Terrance and I were raised as Catholics. I took a detour into the Anglican church during high school, but still considered myself raised as a Catholic. Our choice to not immerse our offspring in Catholicism and religion in general was quite intentional.
Terrance: Was she talking about Good Friday?
Emily: I don't know!
Dawn: It could be she meant Good Friday...
Terrance: All I remember was that we couldn't go outside between noon and 4 because that was when
Dawn: What?!? How on earth does anyone know the precise time Jesus died? What would have happened if you had gone outside?
Terrance: Oh, and those stations!
Dawn: Oh, yeah, the Stations of the cross. I hated those.
Terrance: Yeah, they freaked me out. I once came across an outdoor version in college. Scared the shit out of me. What were they? Reclamations?
Dawn: Acts of Reparation, Terrance. What would you be reclaiming?
Terrance: What was that time of day called? When Jesus was dying?
Dawn: The passion.
(Emily listening, horrified and amazed)
Emily: So, you had to do something?
Dawn: Yes. You have to go to each station and pray.
Terrance: Now you have to look it up. Go look it up and tell us what you find out.
(This is the price to be paid when both parents are PhD's. Look it up! Look it up!)
Emily (Later): I looked them up....
Emily: They were horrifying. Like stop action animation.......but FAR WORSE and creepier!
Dawn: That is an excellent analogy. Hey Terrance, you could take her to services this week while she is on Spring break.
Terrance: Yeah, I suppose I could. There is Good Friday.
Dawn: And Maundy Thursday.
Emily: WHAT?!?! What is so Good about dying on a Friday? Why is that Good?
Dawn: Of course that only comes after Headache Monday.
Dawn: Then there is Groin Pull Tuesday
Emily: (silence with smile)
Dawn: Then comes Stomach-ache Wednesday. Jesus had a terrible week.
Emily begins to full on belly laugh.
I love my kid.
ETA: Later, we were walking to the movie theatre and Emily leans is to say:
"It sounds like Jesus had the type of week that Daddy has every week..."
That's my girl.