This is so cute I had to share it!
We’ve been trying to add evening prayer to our bedtime ritual for years now – trying because we are forgetful about it, and sometimes DS is so overstimulated he just needs to be taken off to his own room in a kind of emergency manner for quiet time with DH as I continue to read or sing to DD. Lately we have really made an effort to have story time, singing and prayers as a family because DS feels somewhat left out of bedtime attention by me, and he’ll only listen to a story if I read to both of them (otherwise it’s nonfiction books about his latest passion all the way, and it’s not helpful for calming him down).
DS, 5, goes to Catholic preschool and has introduced the elaborate crossing ritual he learned at morning prayers into our home for evening prayers, too. So far, DD has been watching us doing this strange thing quizzically, but it’s clear she’s been taking everything in...
Tonight DH, turning the lights off, went downstairs to get a drink of water for DD before taking DS off to his room. DD complained “Dark? Dark?” then started running a finger over my face saying urgently “Son-a-holy! Son-a-holy!”, getting more and more insistent.
Did it ever take a long time for me to cotton on! “Guys! We’ve forgotten prayers again!”
I guess she won’t let us forget now, ever. That’s what you’ve got 20-months-olds for in the house...
That is cute.
We hold hands and say prayers before meals. One day we were at a restaurant and halfway through the meal, DS2 (23 mos) grabbed my hand and said "Amen." We had forgotten to pray before the meal so we stopped eating and prayed then. One thing toddlers are good at is reminding you when you have broken the routine. :)
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