Today’s trek to the lighter side comes from a master of funny. You might consider this a classic, I do. I am pretty sure the theology is not completely accurate but the intent is quite freeing. I still say that whoever says kids are inherently good and learn to be bad has simply never been around kids. You don’t even need to have one, just being around them for oh…. 30 seconds should be enough to prove this. That is right, from day one they just come that way. Here is Bill Cosby’s explanation of why!
Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to his kids. After creating Heaven and Earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing He said to them was:
Adam: “Don’t what?”
God: “Don’t eat the forbidden fruit.”
Adam: “Forbidden fruit? Really? Where is it?”
God: “It’s over there.”
By this point God was wondering why He hadn’t stopped after making the elephants. A few minutes later God saw the kids having an apple break and He was angry.
God: “Didn’t I tell you not to eat that fruit?”
Adam: “Uh huh.”
God: “Then why did you?”
Adam: “I dunno.”
God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed. But there is reassurance in this story. If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give them wisdom and they haven’t taken it, don’t be hard on yourself. If God had trouble handling children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?
Bill Cosby’s humor is wonderful isn’t it. I mentioned above that the intent of this piece is freeing; and it is. It is oddly refreshing to accept that there are no perfect parents. On top of that, we aren’t expected to be perfect. So, the next time you win the Bad Parent Award remember, everyone does on occasion. Besides, we were all kids once too. Imperfection is a genetic disorder and we all have it. We just come that way.