Hubby went and picked up Oldest and Middle from church tonight, and—after tucking the kids into bed—told me about what they'd talked about on the short trip home:
Hubby: What did you learn about tonight?
Oldest or Middle: The little boy king.
Hubby: The little boy king?
Hubby: Oh, you mean the rich young ruler.
Hubby: What happened?
O/M: He came and asked Jesus what he had to do to get into heaven.
Hubby: And what did Jesus say?
O/M: That he needed to obey all the commandments.
Hubby: What did the rich young ruler say to that?
O/M: That he'd kept all of those since he was a kid.
Hubby: Then what did Jesus say?
O/M: That he had to get rid of all his stuff, and he was sad.
Middle: And then they didn't finish the story!
Middle: He was sad, and then they didn't finish the story! He just walked away!
Only Middle, my storyteller, would ask that.
Hubby: Well, the reason he was sad is because he was rich, and he had lots of stuff, and he didn't want to give it away. That's why he walked away sad. He didn't want to give it all up.
I'm pretty sure at this point that Middle still thinks the story didn't end right, because we don't know what actually happened to the rich young ruler.
Hubby: So, what did Jesus say about being rich and getting into heaven, then?
Oldest: Something about a donkey.
Hubby: Noooo... A camel.
Oldest: Oh, right. Something about sticking a needle in a camel's eye.
Hubby chuckled here in his retelling, and I could see him trying to drive and have this conversation.
Hubby: No, Jesus said it's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. What do you think that means?
Here Hubby, former youth pastor, with four years of religion education, stopped and looked at me. "So I'm really enjoying this. I'm having a deep, meaningful, spiritual conversation with my kids. I'm loving it. And that's when..."
Middle: I don't know, but I think we should ask Mom. She's the expert.
Hubby: You ungrateful little curs get in the house and get ready for bed!
"You did not say that to them!" I said.
"Yes, I said exactly that! 'Mom's the expert.' So put that in your blog and smoke it."