But as we finished up the first book, The Little House in the Big Woods, L. stuck by her earlier assessment that it was all too fantastic to be true. "It just sounds fake," she insisted. "I can't believe that Laura Ingalls Wilder was ever a real person."
Her views on faith are somewhat similar these days. She confided to me on Thursday that the whole story about Jesus seems like a "made up" story and "kind of like a story about a god." She wondered if maybe we were all just existing within someone's dream or perhaps we were toys in some universal game..?
[insert photo of L.'s mother, with mouth open wide, here]
I guess you could say that we have not yet moved beyond the initial stage of shock at being in a new and strange (to us) place. We can't help but wonder what it's all about, who we are and how we fit in. Still, I confess that I was comforted somewhat to hear that L.'s father had told little L. about Hinduism, Brahman and then related some of the stories of the various gods earlier in the day on Thursday. Oh, so that's where she got that from. I had begun to wonder if she had snuck into Theistic Ontology 101 behind our backs, or something.
Either way, though, there is no way to deny that fact that she is obviously among the ranks of six year olds who suffer from way too much existential angst.