Obey His Rules

December 6, 2008 by Michelle

This morning, the wee ones and I were making pancakes (yes, from scratch and yes my own recipe) when the following conversation occurred.

Mister Man: Do you know who’s a jolly happy soul?
Me: Yep, Santa.
Mister Man: No, it’s Frosty the Snowman actually.
Me: Oh. Yeah, you’re right. It is Frosty.
Mister Man: Do you know who else is a jolly happy soul?
Me: Ummm, no. Who else?
Mister Man: God.
Me: Really?
Mister Man: Yep, but only when you follow His rules.

That’s not quite the answer I was expecting, and I was afraid to ask what happened if you didn’t follow His rules. Mister Man does have a good point, although I’d never really thought of God as being a jolly happy soul. Gotta love what Sunday School does for the umm soul.

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  • Jeff


    Somebody needs to straighten that boy out. What is he doing letting God get mixed up in Christmas? 😉

  • Melisa


    Jeff: ROFL!

    This was so cute. I’m glad you blogged it; it’s one of those little moments that mostly gets forgotten later…now it won’t!

  • Michelle


    Jeff – Perfect! Especially considering that we’re public school kids and my husband TEACHES in the public schools.

    Melisa – Yeah, these are the ones that I’d totally forget if I didn’t, and how funny! I told my dad the story when we were at my parents’ house today and he about choked on the nuts he was eating.

  • J Cosmo Newbery


    Perhaps smiting is about to make a revival?

  • Michelle


    J Cosmo Newbery – I’m beginning to wonder… you know, the innocent always know these things first. That or I need to talk to the Sunday School teacher about what’s being discussed.

  • krissy


    I would have answered Santa, too. We made homemade pancakes this morning, too, but no talk of jolly souls.

  • Aly @ Lip Zip


    What a great story! I’ve taught Sunday School for 2 and 3 year olds with my husband so it’s good to know some of it sinks in between the need to color and the requests for Animal Crackers!

  • Michelle


    krissy – Good to know I’m not the only one getting my Christmas carols confused! Amazing though how well it sticks with the wee ones….

    Aly – Yes, it definitely sinks in. The wee ones come from every Sunday telling us about what they learned — Moses parting the Red Sea or the story of creation or whatnot. It’s sinking in! And hats off to you for teaching!

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