Peeping the Pope
My kids' perspective on the Pope's visit to DC 4/16/08
Me: Get your coats.
Ellie (Age 5): Where are we going?
Me: We're going to the Pope's parade.
Patrick (Age 3): The Poke?
Me: The Pope.
Patrick: The Pote.
Me: The Pope, with a P.
Ellie: The Pope has to pee!
Ellie: Who is the Pope?
Me: He's the head of the Roman Catholic Church.
Ellie: He doesn't have a body?
Me: Of course he does honey.
Patrick: I'm going to catch some candy!
Me: It's not that type of parade, Buddy. The Pope doesn't throw candy.
Patrick: Because he doesn't have any arms?
Me: He has arms.
Ellie: Why are we going to see the Poke?
Me: Because the Pope is a very holy man.
Patrick: Oh, I'm a holy man!
Me: It'll be fun. The Pope rides in a funny car called the popemobile.
Patrick: The poopmobile!
Me: The popemobile has an open seat in the back so we can see the Pope when he passes by.
Patrick: The Pote has to ride in a car seat?
Me: Sort of. It's surrounded by a special glass that protects him.
Ellie: That's why he doesn't throw candy, Patrick. Because it would hit the glass!
You can't make this stuff up.