Last Saturday, while the Digispouse was with Digidaughter at an Indian Princess campout, the Digison - who is a 6-year-old kindergartner - wanted to do something special with me, "the Mom." Fortunately, Metrolink, Southern California's commuter line and far less costly alternative to Amtrak, nows runs on the weekends, so we boarded a train and headed to Los Angeles.
Arriving at Union Station, we switched to the subway (yes, there is one in L.A.) and went to the Taj Mahoney. One of the few nice features about the cathedral is the sculpture garden outside, that has statues of the animals of the Bible. And the statues are made to be climbed, which on this day there was a myriad of kids doing. For Patrick, it was heaven.
One the way out, however, he insisted we stop at "The Jesus Store" (gift shop). While browsing in the children's section, Patrick came up to me with a box, made his eyes about 10 times wider than normal, and asked, "Please, Mom, please can I have this?"
It was a talking Jesus action figure. Not an action figure like Spiderman, but a benign looking doll who, at the push of a button, recites certain Scriptural passages. This is what my kid wanted, the same kid who pronounced a closet full of chausibles in our sacristy as "beautiful." And can have very detailed conversations over the relatives strengths of the different colored Power Rangers.
So I bought it. And everyone on the train ride home got a little bit of evangelization. One woman did make the small mistake of telling my son his "Jesus doll" was great, but he quickly corrected her, telling her it was a "Jesus action figure."
Now I find out that the same toy is banned by Toys for Tots. The company making these dolls wants to donate 4,000 of them to tyhe Marine Corps Reserves' popular Christmas program . . . oh, I guess it just became a holiday program because the Marines are afraid that the toy could - *gasp!* - wind up in the hands of a non-Christian child!
"We can't take a chance on sending a talking Jesus doll to a JewishFun? Ya shoulda seen Patrick making Jesus "fly" and do "ninja jumps" over the backs of pews on Sunday. I guess after fighting against the image of the Corps visting hell and mayhem against peoples to achieve some sort of political correctness, the Marines must be careful not to include religion into the mix.
family or a Muslim family," Grein said Tuesday. "Kids want a gift for the
holiday season that is fun."