I think every Mom can appreciate the innocence of pre school kids as they discover that not all people look like their family members! The exploration of cultures, religions, and foreign countries has begun in this house. I realized it was time when Gabriel came very close to completely humiliating me in front of some Middle Eastern women at Planet Jump this week!
I observed 3 women who walked in with their little ones. They were dressed from head to toe in black Burqas with only their eyes peeking out. It was actually a little funny watching them play on the inflatables with their little ones!
Gabriel ran towards me, ready for an ice cream break and when he spotted them he suddenly let out a big shriek, pointed his finger at the women and said, "Mommy!!! ROBBERS!!!!"
Thank the Holy Father in Heaven they were out of earshot and didn't hear him.
After an uncontrollable outburst of laughter knowing that the statement came from total innocence and ignorance, we began a beautiful conversation about how God created us all different and special. This curiosity led to lots of Googling to show him how people dress differently all over the world.
Sometimes parenting is awesome. :)