|The circumcision of Isaac|
Altar of Verdun, 12th century
One night my daughter was working on her religion homework, which focused on the Abraham and Isaac story. She looked up and asked, "Mom, what's circumcision?" I cleared my throat a few times before giving her a very succinct, straightforward answer. Subject closed? Ha! You've never met my daughter.
A few minutes later she asked, "They don't do anything like that to girls, do they?" Deep breaths. My choices were to either lie and distract her with ice cream, or have a very uncomfortable conversation. I went with the uncomfortable conversation and presented the information as clinically as possible, with very little editorializing. She was horrified. Horrified and kind of freaked out.
We sometimes think that children are only interested in themselves, but I think that sells them short. This issue meant something to her because girls her age and younger are having this done to them. Now that she is aware of this, she is deeply concerned about the welfare of girls she will probably never meet.
I am so proud of her. I hope she likes the piece.