...why can't an adult?
P#3 is four years old. I think it's safe to say that I can find something special in all of my possums. It may be bias or maternal instinct talking, but I truly love their uniqueness and think of them as remarkable individuals. P#3 is just incredibly funny! She's not shown any propensity towards academic greatness (as have P#1 and P#2). She's more "tomboy"-esque and/or rough-and-ready. She's feisty! And, I love her for it.
Anyway... today she brought me a book called "Tacky the Penguin". It's one of our family's all time favorites. It's a salute to non-conformity and trueness to self. :) P#3 loves it. We were lounging here, in all of our flu-ey germiness, reading and giggling. I was asking her what Tacky would do in different situations and she said, very matter-of-factly, "Momma...Tacky is just pretend. Penguins don't wear flower shirts (she means Hawaiian shirts) and dance." I said, "Well, Tacky does! He's a super penguin." Again, she eyed me closely... "Momma. Even d'ough we w'ike him, he's still just pw'etend." (She has a stuffy nose...cut her some grammatical slack!).
I wish more adults would read the Bible in the same way that a four year old reads "Tacky". It's a great story. It's fun. It's sweet. It is worth reading over-and-over. There are even some moral lessons and messages about solidarity as a group. But, the main character...the Great Penguin, is "just pretend."