On the way home from church yesterday our 11 year old daughter was reading the Bible and explaining it to our two youngest girls (4 and 5).
She was reading from Genesis 2 when we overheard this gem:
“For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both n*ked and were not ashamed.”
“Do you know what that means?”, continued our daughter as she was met by blank stares from the little girls. “It means that mommy and daddy are one flesh. When mommy was a little girl she didn’t know daddy and they were not one flesh, but when they got married they became one flesh. That is how some of us kids look like mommy and some like daddy. Daddy doesn’t have babies in his tummy, so how could I look like daddy if they weren’t one flesh. It happens when they lay down together.” (Gen. 30:16-17 among others). There was a pause as she seemed to ponder what she had just said, then she finished, “I’m not really sure how it works, but I know it’s true because the Bible says so.”
I did tell you that reading through the Bible each year made for some interesting discussions.