21 April 2010

Introduction To The Gods

My earthlings are enrolled in My Masterpiece creative class this summer.  The themes for this class are Meet the Might 12 Olympians, The Iliad and The Odyssey.  Crazy?  Maybe.  Brillant?  Definitely.  They absolutely love the stories of these Gods that have powers and have the wildest adventures.

When they get home, Gael can't wait to tell me all about the Gods he learned about that earlier.  Only Gael because Aiden is an earthling in his own, unique category.  More of that in another post. 

"Mama, Zeus can turn into an EAGLE!"
"Mama, Hades is the God of the underworld and he has a dog with THREE HEADS!" 
"Mama, Poseidon is the God of sea and he has a big fork."

Thank god my mom was an English literature teacher for 35 years!  I can secretly text her when Gael asks me about a something I was supposed to have learned but was too busy planning weekends at Hard Rock (the fake one in Milelong) and SanMig.

Aside from baptizing them, Paco and I haven't exposed them to anything religious.  We've never prayed or gone to mass.  The only Catholic story I've ever told them was the nativity story at Christmas.  Now that someone else has done the dirty work and given them the introduction to the Gods, it might be the perfect time to do a spin off on Catholicism.  Hey, they think that the Gods are awesome (their own words, not mine), why not keep it that way.

I don't go to mass or pray the rosary or stuff like that, so I don't want to be a hypocrite.  I'm not a fan of the Catholic church.  But I do believe in God and I do pray every now and then.  I want them to learn about religion.  Not just mine but everyone's, I don't want them to be narrow minded and I don't want to force them into anything.  I just want them to see that there is someone or something out there that takes care of us and makes things happen without all this pomp and circumstance.

I'm a little confused on how to go about this without losing myself.  However, I do want to give them the option of being devout Catholics if they chose to be so.