Yesterday I overheard a conversation that my son had with one of his pals – eavesdropping, it’s like a hobby of mine.
They were talking about a statue of the Indian god Ganesh that I have in my living room. Admittedly, I know more about Jesus than Ganesh, but I do know that Ganesh is the god of “good luck” or something like that. Truth be told – I bought the thing to make my mother happy when she visits.
Good luck god in-house – check!
Here’s the conversation piece….
I also have a beautiful Gaelic cross right next to it. Am I trying to make a deep, thoughtful statement on how we should all get along? Nope. I just thought it was cool. Yes I’m shallow and vapid – but at least I’m honest!
Anyway, my son was explaining to his pal that we are Indian. He said,” but not “Natural American” like from Plymouth, from the country India in China.” Then his pal asked,”what’s it called?” And my son said,”it’s called Greta.”
I blame myself. I blame our school system’s lack of focus on Geography, and I also blame my husband – He and I went to Catholic school our whole lives (why did I go to a Catholic school when I’m not Catholic? Because there are no Hindu schools, and my father believed any religion is better than no religion).
When my daughter was born we decided that he was right, and that we wanted to pass on both religions to our children. But we were delusional. Our hearts were in the right place – but we were fooling ourselves. The only thing we’ll be passing on is a half-hearted, lax approach to a higher power. Let’s face it, we’ve schooled them better on The Beatles than we have on God.
We don’t go to church-except on food related holidays, we don’t go to temple-although the few times we’ve gone it’s been fun to see my burly Irish Ukrainian husband try to sit criss-cross apple sauce for 2 hours.
Thank goodness that Hinduism is very forgiving – and fellow Catholics don’t point and laugh when we show up once a year to sing carols. And we do believe in God/Ganesh/Greta – really we do – but I don’t see us changing our ways anytime soon.
Pray for us – we need it!