Only one day of kindergarten under his belt, and I swear, my son has already become a philosophical intellect. We were lying in bed last night after enjoying a moment of cuddles and “Winnie the Pooh” when out of the blue, he posed this humdinger of a question on me, “Mommy, is the Tooth Fairy G-d’s sister?”
My daughter had lost her tooth at school that day (Yes, on the 1st day of 2nd grade!!!!), and both of the kids were excited knowing the Tooth Fairy would make a visit to our home that evening. Obviously, my little Albert Einstein had been internalizing this matter, and somehow he equated this magical mystical creature to G-d! Is it me, or is that pretty darn profound for a 5-year-old?
So, how did the mother of a genius answer this Deepak Chopra moment? Oh dear…at a loss for words, I did the best thing I could think of. I passed the answer off to someone else. “Hmmmmm….that seems like a good question for the Rabbi,” I answered trying to sound as brilliant as I could suggesting that this was a question of deep consideration that only someone of spiritual background could answer. Afterall, our Rabbi is a scholar, right? He deals with questions about G-d all the time?
Of course, Jews don’t believe in idol worship, so please Rabbi, when my son comes to you with his burning question, please keep the fantasy of the Tooth Fairy alive in my family. I know that most Jews may not agree that the Tooth Fairy & G-d should be on the same level, but isn’t it good enough that my son thinks G-d is as cool as a fairy that leaves presents and money and visits in the middle of the night? My son knows that he can talk to her but can’t see her….just like G-d.
My song of the day is from the 1990’s, and it has stuck with me all of these years. “One of Us” by Joan Osborne poses the question, “What if G-d was one of us,” and I have always thought that it was a really awesome song.
Here’s the Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4CRkpBGQzU
My son, like Osborne, made G-d into something he could relate to. In this case, it was the Tooth Fairy, and I completely understand how he would grasp on to the thought that she was G-d’s sister. It is beautiful to me that he thought out such a concept, and I am so proud of him for it. I am just so happy that he has something so perfect to believe in, and there is nothing better than that!