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Sunday, October 15, 2006


Jesus in Red Swim Cap

Jesus in Red Swim Cap
So the other day my daughter was drawing a picture of Jesus. She draws Jesus a lot. More than most kids I know--but then I don't spend much time examining the artwork of other people's kids. Maybe they draw Jesus too.

Here was our conversation.

ME: Wow, CJ, what a great picture!

CJ: Yeah. It's a picture of Jesus.

ME: He's wearing a shirt with a red stripe.

CJ: That's his red sash.

ME: Oh.

CJ: It matches his red swim cap.

ME: I see.

CJ: He's on the cross.

On the back side of this page, she drew Jesus on a wall. "Like Humpty Dumpty," CJ said. The kids are coming to visit him and talk to him. And Jesus is wearing his red sash again, but no swim cap this time. CJ never explained to me why Jesus wore his red swim cap on the cross, but not on the wall.

My wife and I are still trying to meditate on the theological implications of our daughter's drawings.

Yes, I'd like to hear more about that swim cap!
She took swim lessons this summer. That's the only place I can think of that she would have even seen a swim cap!

Also, I haven't responded to your question about concrete examples of writers who honor their audience and their own voice--with an emphasis on Flannery O'Connor. I'm thinking about it still.
I am a good waiter... take your time... and let me know when the buzzer goes off. :)

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